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La Crosse cuts down trees before EAB infestation

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LA CROSSE, WI (WXOW)—The City of La Crosse is working with contractors to remove 890 trees from parks.

Areas include Barron Island, Pettibone Park, Copeland Park and Forest Hills Golf Course.

The city was hoping to have the golf course all finished up by the time we got snow.

But it's been snowing ever since crews began work on the course delaying the project and frustrating cross country skiers.

They're cutting down ash trees now, before they're infested with the emerald ash borer, so they can use the wood. Once a tree is infested the wood is worthless.

It is an $80,000 project.

Gar Amunson, Parks Superintendent said that's a good deal; they're only paying $85 per tree when the usual rate is anywhere from $300-$500.

"But then we're getting $25,000-$27,000 back for all the logs that are being sold to the lumber guys that are making furniture and things out of them," Amunson said.

Trees will be made into wood chips and taken from the Hixon parking lot to West Copeland.

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