The City of La Crosse will be removing over a hundred ash trees from boulevards along Losey Boulevard on Saturday, April 11th.
Losey Boulevard will be closed from six in the morning to three in the afternoon that day. The City of La Crosse said tree removal will begin at seven in the morning.
The city said they are closing down Losey Boulevard for the day, rather than removing trees over an extended period of time, because it is safer and more cost effective.
The city said ash trees along Losey have been infected with emerald ash borer, an insect that bores into the trees and kills them over time. Trees that have been infected with emerald ash borer become a safety hazard, with dead limbs that can fall into traffic.
The city said they will replace the trees with a diversity of species to prevent future major losses from things like emerald ash borer and Dutch elm disease.
The removal of ash trees along Losey Boulevard is part of an ongoing emerald ash borer management plan approved by the City of La Crosse in 2012. The city is removing all ash trees on public property.