Superior approves removal and replacement of thousands of city Ash trees

By KBJR News 1

October 15, 2013 Updated Oct 15, 2013 at 9:49 PM CST

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) - The Superior City Council unanimously approved a recommendation from the city forester to take and replace thousands of Ash trees.

On Tuesday, the council approved a recommendation to remove 3,000 emerald ash borer infected and healthy Ash trees in the city over the next six years.

The approval of the recommendation means of the 3,000 ash trees removed 1,400 new trees will be replanted, at a cost of $70,000.

Superior's City Forester says the initial plan of treating infected ash trees is not cost effective to tax payers and won't help to eradicate the invasive species.

"In order for us to be efficient and get the trees removed before they die in mass we have to move relatively soon to remove all of them," said Superior city forester, Mary Morgan.

Morgan says Ash trees on private property will not be part of the 3,000 trees slated for removal unless they show signs of the emerald ash borer.

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