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As part of the City of Lakeville's Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Management plan, Forestry staff will begin a multi-year initiative to proactively mark about 100 City-owned ash trees that are in poor condition or too small to preserve by injection (less than 10" diameter) for removal along boulevards and in parks. Tree marking began the week of November 11. The marked ash trees will be removed by a contractor this winter, with stumps ground in the spring. Affected homeowners will receive a door hanger with pertinent information.
The intent of the proactive removals acknowledges that any untreated ash tree will die of EAB. The City will proactively start the removal of less desirable ash trees that are unable to be preserved by injection. This approach will spread out the environmental and financial impact of the pest over a period of years in order to avoid having a large number of actively dying ash trees which would need to be removed all at once to ensure public safety.