LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - About 900 ash trees could be removed from city property as early as January.
The city's Board of Park Commissioners approved a plan to remove the ash trees at Pettibone Park, Pettibone Campground, Pettibone Boat Club, the Forest Hills Golf Course and Copeland Park East.
The plan is to take out those ash trees before they're infested by the emerald ash borer.
The Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department estimates the project to cost $97,000 to remove those trees.
The cost would be offset by selling the lumber.
The parks department says that will bring $17,000 to $25,000 back to the city.
Other ash trees would be ground up and used for power in the Xcel Energy incinerator on French Island.
Eventually the city hopes to replace those trees.
The proposal will be brought to the council during their next session.
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