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La Crosse loses more ash trees

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La Crosse, WI (WXOW) -

La Crosse city crews are removing more ash trees in the area because of the harmful effects of the emerald ash borer.

People used to be able to decided for themselves if they wanted to treat the infected trees or remove them. Now that the spread of the emerald ash borer has become severe, treating the trees is no longer an option.

"If they haven't already begun to treat them, then we're not going to give them the option to treat the boulevard trees anymore," Jay Odegaard, Parks, Recreation and Forestry Superintendent said. "We want to be able to take the boulevard trees down because if they haven't treated them by now, odds are that they have the infestation and they are going to come down."

Treatment of the trees did not work anyway, and all of them have died.

Although the ash trees will be removed, the city is replacing those trees with new ones.

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