Superior city officials continue to combat emerald ash borer

By KBJR News 1

February 28, 2014 Updated Feb 28, 2014 at 7:25 PM CDT

Superior, Wis. (NNCNOW.com) -- Over the next six years, city officials will remove 3,000 infected ash trees in Superior, taking away some of the city's natural beauty.

"We are all aware that it's a terrible necessity that we do something. Nobody wants to see these beautiful shade trees gone," said Bob Finsland, a Superior city councilor. He also lives in the zone officials are targeting next.

He has lived in Superior for the last 30 years and says city officials have already removed a couple of infected ash trees from his yard.

"They took down a large tree that was leaning over toward 21st street first and I was a little disappointed to see that gone because it provided a lot of morning shade for our house," he said.

Starting in March, city officials will begin clearing out 700 infected trees between 28th Street and Catlin Ave., and Belknap Street and Butler Ave.

"City crews will go into that neighborhood, they will put a big orange dot on the ash, and they will also put a big orange door knocker on the door in front of the ash," said Mary Morgan, director of forestry for the city.

People will have ten days to decide if they want to get a permit from the city to treat the infected tree at their own expense.

One treatment that has not been effective in combating the insects is the cold.

"The cold weather is likely to slow them down, but not eradicate them fully. So even if ten percent of them live, those ten percent can come out and lay 50–100 eggs and repeat the cycle," said Morgan.

The Superior City Council will discuss the six year plan to get rid of the emerald ash borer at the next meeting on March 4th.

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