LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW)- The City of La Crosse is looking to the future after the Emerald Ash Borer has devastated the ash tree in the city.
The Wisconsin Conservation Corps announced today that they received a grant of $25,000 through the Wisconsin DNR Urban Forestry Program to begin replacing ash trees in the City of La Crosse.
Since December, the city of La Crosse has been removing ash trees in preparation for the arrival of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). The city of La Crosse currently manages nearly 5,00 ash trees on park lands and along boulevards in the city and is working to reduce that number prior to peak EAB infestation, which is expected to hit locally in 3-5 years.
This spring, a WisCorps Forestry Crew will begin planting a minimum of 200-300 new trees in the areas where the ash trees were removed. These trees will be a variety of diverse species to ensure that no one species is over represented in the city.
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