(KMOV) – A beetle known as the Emerald Ash Borer beetle is the reason that many of the trees on the Arch grounds will have to be cut down.
The insect is wiping out millions of trees east of the Mississippi River.
In a few years, it will probably start on the trees that line the walkways at the Arch.
The park service says the only solution is to get rid of the almost 1,000 ash trees and replace them with different ones.
A public meeting to discuss the threat the beetles pose to the trees will be held in the rotunda of the Old Courthouse on Tuesday, October 12. The Old Courthouse is located at 11 North Fourth Street in downtown St. Louis.