La Crosse to remove another 386 ash trees

Efforts against Emerald Ash Borer

La Crosse will be losing another 380 ash trees this year.

The board of Public Works voted Monday morning to move ahead with the city’s ongoing countermeasures to the Emerald Ash Borer, a beetle the kills ash trees from the inside. 386 trees will be removed from neighborhoods around UW-La Crosse, Western Technical College, and Viterbo University.

“With a majority of students gone for the summer, it makes it a lot easier for us and the contractors who will be working on this project to get in there and remove these trees without disrupting too much, so we figured this was a great time here to get this done,” said Dan Trussoni of the La Crosse Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department.

Once the trees are removed, the city will have fewer than 500 ash trees remaining. The plan is to have all ash trees removed by 2018.