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Bill Would Give Tax Credit For Removal Of Infested Trees

Emerald Ash Borer
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A New York state lawmaker is proposing help for property owners who must pay to remove trees infested with an invasive beetle.

Buffalo-area legislator Sen. Tim Kennedy is proposing a 50 percent tax credit for the removal of trees on private property that have been damaged by the emerald ash borer.  He also wants to require municipalities that are planting new trees to vary the species to avoid widespread damage by any one disease or insect invasion. Under Kennedy's proposal, an urban tree population would consist of no more than 10 percent of a specific species.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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