ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – As the arch grounds renovation project continues, 800 ash trees are targeted to be removed and replaced with London Plane trees. The removal of the ash trees is a proactive measure against the Emerald Ash Borer, a beetle that can be deadly to the trees.
Crews plan on removing the trees within the coming weeks. The London Plane trees that will replace the ash trees were shipped from New Jersey, but will not be planted until 2016 when the park construction will be finished. By that point, the trees will be near 25 feet tall and six inches in diameter.
The Emerald Ash Borer is a small, metallic green beetle native to Asia. It was first for the first time in the U.S. in 2002. Experts believe it’s a matter of time before the beetle spreads and kills trees across the state. Ash trees are common in urban areas because they cause little mess and provide plenty of shade.