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Jim Tieber, forester for Joliet, displays EAB devastation.

The devastation of the Emerald Ash Borer is very evident once Joliet Forester Jim Tieber peels away the bark from one of the infested trees in the Grand Prairie Subdivision on the city's west side.

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Thousands of dead trees overshadow Arbor Day

Emerald Ash Borer problem hits critical stage throughout region

As local communities get set to celebrate Arbor Day on Friday, this year’s annual celebration of all things trees is somewhat of a mixed bag with all villages and cities facing a huge problem from a little green monster known as the Emerald Ash Borer.