Damaged ash trees must be removed across Omaha

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – The city of Omaha is removing thousands of ash trees damaged by the Emerald Ash Borer.

The emerald ash borer is an insect that attacks and kills the trees and makes the tree dangerous if branches fall.

According to the City Forestry Division, there are 14,569 ash trees on public land.

6,034 trees have already been removed. This month the city approved the removal of 548 more trees from the city’s parks.

An order for $ 142,718.89 was placed with Great Plains Tree Care according to a press release. Another 834 trees will be removed by Atrium Tree Service for $ 185,700. Funding for tree removal is included in the annual capital improvement plan.

“Our first priority was to save the trees, not cut them down,” said park director Matt Kalcevich. “We have unfortunately reached the point where treatment is not an effective strategy. The risk of personal injury and property damage is too great to delay this work any longer. ”

The park department will contact the neighborhood staff with a schedule of work.

The trees are being replaced by the city of Omaha and keep Omaha beautiful. Omaha planted 1,000 new trees and Keep Omaha Beautiful planted 2,422 trees as part of its Trees for Omaha program. According to the publication, this program will continue for the next few years.

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