The City has been removing boulevard ash trees for the last several years in an attempt to minimize the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer. In early spring and/or late fall, we focus on a certain area of the City and try to remove any ash trees located in the boulevard that may be susceptible to the disease (the boulevard is generally described as the first 15-feet behind the back of the curb, which is the City right-of-way). The City also grinds the stumps and restores the area with black dirt and seed. All of this is at no cost to the homeowners.
Letters are sent to affected homeowners a few weeks before the trees are scheduled for removal. Replacement trees are available at the Arbor Day tree giveaway each spring (the first 180 residents who have proof of residency will receive a tree). Replacement trees must be planted by the homeowner at least 20 feet behind the back of the curb (they cannot be planted in the same location as the tree that was removed).
More information about the Emerald Ash Borer is available here. Please contact the Public Works Department at (651) 322-2022 if you have any questions or concerns about this tree removal project.