La Crosse removing more ash trees this winter

Targeting trees in Holy Trinity-Longfellow neighbo

The city of La Crosse will continue combating the spread of a tree-killing parasite this year.

This winter, La Crosse’s Forestry Department will begin removal of about 200 ash trees in the Holy Trinity-Longfellow neighborhood.

Ash tree removal helps prevent the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer. The beetles dig into ash trees and kill them from the inside.

City forestry officials say the cold weather will not stop the preventative measures.

“Winter time, we can still do the removals. Removing the stumps is difficult this time of the year with the frozen ground and snow cover, but as soon as the thaw comes this Spring we will continue with the stump removals as well,” said La Crosse Parks and Forestry Supervisor Dan Trussoni.

La Crosse’s Mayor approved $500,000 last year to prevent the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer. A little more than $335,000 of the initial amount remains.