The emerald ash borer, a beetle that feeds on ash trees, has destroyed a great number of trees in the Greater Cincinnati area, hitting the beautiful old ash trees of Indian Hill especially hard. In addition, invasive species such as the Japanese honeysuckle have choked out other native plants, quickly taking over the Village’s natural spaces.
To help combat this, four Indian Hill High School seniors have partnered with the Village of Indian Hill to help beautify the area. For their senior project, Frank Cassidy, Hannah Ragnone, Charlie Rhoad, and Cameron Owen will be researching trees and undergrowth that is both native to the area and disease-resistant. They will then create an educational brochure on the effects of the Emerald Ash Borer, including possible solutions for our environment.
The highlight of their project will be replacing four to seven ash trees that died due to the emerald ash borer. “These trees will serve as a legacy from the Class of 2017 to future classes,” explains senior project advisor Rebecca McFarland.
Students are working with Mr. Steve Meyer, an environmental science teacher, as their mentor, as well as engineers from the Village of Indian Hill.