CITY OF WINONA
Office of Public Works-Keith Nelson
DATE: October 9, 2014
SUBJECT: 2014 Ash Tree Removal Program
The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has now become a major concern in Winona. It is in the process of spreading and killing most ash trees in the community. The City Council has adopted a policy of ash tree management in public parks and on city boulevards. That policy takes an approach of making a gradual transition away from public ash trees. A percentage of the trees were treated and will need to be retreated for as long as the tree is desired to be preserved. The other public ash trees are being removed in groups. We have begun in areas where the EAB is known to have infested other ash trees. The group of 100 trees scheduled for removal in 2014 has been marked with a green line around the trunk. Removal should be completed prior to December 31, 2014. The stumps will be removed as well and topsoil and seed will be put in their place.
The City Council has approved funding for the purchase and planting of a diversity of trees in 2015. Property owners adjacent to the trees being removed will be allowed to request one of those trees to be planted on the boulevard. They can’t be planted in the exact same spot as the tree removed because the root system remains, but another nearby location will be considered. It is unknown at this time how many trees we the City will be able to purchase and plant but we will try to accommodate your requests for replacement trees.
If you have taken measures to chemically treat the ash tree on the boulevard in front of your home and wish to continue doing so, please contact the City as shown below with the location of the tree.
Please contact Keith Nelson at 507-457-8269 or [email protected] with any further questions.
To request a replacement tree, please contact Paul Douglas at 507-457-8255 or [email protected].