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Waterloo Beginning to Remove Ash Trees

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WATERLOO, Iowa -- Waterloo has more than four thousand ash trees on public property, and this week forestry workers are taking out a few dozen of those trees because of emerald ash borer concerns.

The city says the process of cutting down all of them could take up to ten years, eventually leaving each as nothing more than this stump you see here on Willow Street. Between Monday and Tuesday, the city said workers cut down 44 ash trees along this stretch on Waterloo's east side where the emerald ash borer was discovered earlier this year.

"The big question mark is how much can our crews absorb those removals until the emerald ash borer starts killing trees faster than we can remove then," Todd Derifield, a city forester said.

Derifield said the city will watch to see where the emerald ash borer turns up next in Waterloo. Appropriately enough, Thursday workers will target ash trees here... on Ash Street.

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