Panel expected to recommend removing thousands of trees to save thousands of trees


The city of Minneapolis needs to step up its fight to preserve trees that are under attack from the emerald ash borer.

Minnesota Public Radio reports that the Minneapolis Tree Advisory Commission will recommend an aggressive effort to remove thousands of trees in an effort to halt the spread the invasive tree pest. The Commission will present its recommendations to the City Council later this week.

The panel will suggest that the city remove and replace 5,000 ash trees this year to prevent the spread of the bug. Last year, the city removed nearly 900 unhealthy trees. The commission will also update the council on efforts to replace downed trees with a mix of species.

The emerald ash borer has been detected in numerous places in Minneapolis.The larvae of the iridescent green beetle bore into ash trees and cut off the tree's food supply. City foresters fear the bugs could wipe out 200,000 ash trees in the city.

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