Ash tree logging operations resumed today at Lincoln Park, 1215 N. 8th St., which will result in temporary road and trail closures in the park. Closures will be limited to the areas adjacent to where logging operations are occurring. The City of Manitowoc has hired a contractor to remove the ash trees, and any trees removed are the property of the contractor. The end date of the project is unknown at this time as weather will be a factor. Please be mindful of any closures, and think safety first!
The emerald ash borer is having devastating effects on the City’s ash trees. Once infected, the emerald ash borer is nearly 100% fatal to untreated ash trees. The Forestry Division is doing their best to remove the infected trees before they become hazardous, especially in or near areas which are used by the public.
The focus of the Forestry Division right now is removal of EAB infected trees. Small trees may die within one to two years of becoming infected, and large trees may die within three to five years. The emerald ash borer was first detected in Manitowoc in 2017, so many infected ash trees are already nearing the end of their life cycle.
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