The Ash Borer’s Next 218 Victims
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 5:50 PM

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The dots show which ash trees are expected to be cut down.

Parks and Recreation expects to cut down 218 more ash trees in Como Regional Park in late fall, adding to the toll of 245 trees removed from the park since 2016. A map shows the trees are spread throughout the park. But there are clusters where their disappearance will have a noticeable impact, including:

  • Along Lexington Parkway, especially north of the pedestrian bridge and north of Como Lake Drive
  • Along the walking paths east of the lake
  • Near the Hamm Waterfall
  • North of the pool
  • Near the playground and picnic area
  • South of Nagasaki Drive

All the doomed trees are infested with emerald ash borer and are declining or dead, the department says. Decaying trees, it says, puts the public at risk of being hit by falling branches or limbs. Many of the more visible trees will be wrapped in green bands to help educate park visitors. Parks and Rec intends to replace all the trees in 2019 with different species.

District 10 Como Community Council | 1224 Lexington Pkwy N, Saint Paul, MN 55103 | 651.644.3889 | district10 [at] district10comopark.org

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