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Ash tree removals planned on campus in coming weeks

| Juliana Poquette

In a continuation of a campus tree removal and treatment plan due to the spread of the emerald ash borer that kills native ash trees, 16 ash trees on UW-Eau Claire's upper campus will be removed during December and January.

Since late 2017, UW-Eau Claire has been on a three-year plan to remove and replace untreated ash trees on campus. The trees to be removed in the coming weeks are located behind Crest Wellness Center and Governors and Horan halls.

The removed trees will be replaced one for one in the spring with more disease-resistant trees, said Aaron Turek, grounds supervisor in the university’s facilities department.

UW-Eau Claire facilities staff are exploring possibilities for donating the removed ash trees to companies that make reclaimed wood products.