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Thousands of ash trees in St. Louis to be cut down

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A worker doing work on an ash tree. Credit: KMOV A worker doing work on an ash tree. Credit: KMOV
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Thousands of ash trees in St. Louis City will soon be cut down because an invasive species of insect can wipe out the tree.

The city estimates around 15,000 ash trees will be cut down. Workers will start in north St. Louis and work their way south.

Officials say seven percent of the city’s ash trees can be saved with an organic pesticide that is considered expensive.

“The chemical is only good for two years and then we have to come back in and inject them again, so it costs us anywhere from $75 to $105 a tree,” said Skip Kincaid, St. Louis Commissioner of Forestry.

The emerald ash bore, an insect that feeds on the tree, was first discovered near Detroit more than a decade ago and it has devastated trees in thousands of communities. It has killed millions of ash trees throughout the US.

The removal of the trees will take place over a five-year period. The ash trees will be replaced by trees from a variety of species.

For more on the tree removal, click here.

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