City Parks Board agrees to start cutting down ash trees

Published On: Nov 29 2012 11:43:01 PM CST
LA CROSSE, Wis. -

La Crosse's tree population will lose some diversity.

The City Park Board agreed Thursday to start cutting down ash trees at Forest Hills Golf Course and Pettibone, Myrick, and Riverside Parks. That adds up to about 900 trees.

Eventually all 5,000 are likely to be taken down to prevent the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive pest that will kill all of the ash trees.

The city plans to replace all of them with various other species when the money's available, but there's a way you can help speed up the process. "They can get a no cost tree permit from the park and recreation department which will have exclusions trees you don't want to buy, it will also remind you of diggers hotline and things to consider," said Parks Superintendent Gar Amunson.

It's also possible to treat and protect the ash trees, something people must let the city know they are doing. The resolution still needs to move through the council before any action is taken.