Around the metro briefs: Minneapolis starts up tree removal

  • Updated: June 21, 2014 - 6:55 PM

Douglas Moberg cut down an ash tree at Gross Golf Course in Minneapolis.

Photo: Bruce Bisping • bbisping@startribune.com,

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Tree removal starts up

A green painted “X” will soon mark some of the 30,000 public ash trees as the Park and Recreation Board prepares to remove them from the city.

The eight-year removal effort is part of the Park Board’s attempt to stop the emerald ash borer infestation in the city. Its goal is to remove a small percentage of ash trees at a time from city boulevards and parks and replace them with other tree species.

Trees with no signs of the disease will be marked and removed through 2014. Ash trees that are infested with emerald ash borer will be removed as soon as possible, the Park Board said.

Its forestry department anticipates replacing 5,000 ash trees each year for eight years.

“Our goal is to replace approximately two to four ash trees on each block per season,” said Ralph Sievert, director of forestry. “Foresters will choose trees for replacement throughout an entire block so that properties are affected as evenly as possible.”

Alejandra Matos @amatos12

WEST METRO

Flooding postpones Minnehaha Creek cleanup

Dangerously high water has caused an annual cleanup event on Minnehaha Creek and Minneapolis lakes to be postponed until late July.

Next weekend’s eighth-annual Minnehaha Creek Watershed District cleanup event is now July 27 because cleanup sites are flooded along the creek and Minneapolis lakes, making it dangerous for volunteers. This year is the wettest Twin Cities spring on record, causing historic high water levels on the creek and several lakes.

Organizers aim to collect 3 tons of trash from the creek and Minneapolis lakes. Volunteers can meet July 27 at the Knollwood SuperTarget in St. Louis Park, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and at Lake Hiawatha. Participants who have RSVP’d are asked to contact Cleanup@minnehahacreek.org if they are not able to attend on July 27.

For more details, go to www.minnehahacreek.org/cleanup.

Kelly Smith @kellystrib

St. Paul

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