Downtown Madison ash trees rescued from the chopping block as deadline nears

20160816_capttimesThe Capital Times, August 26, 2016 Steven Elbow

On Wednesday, Peter Ostlind declared a minor victory in the battle against the emerald ash borer.

“We were trying to cover the whole Capitol Neighborhoods area,” said Peter Ostlind, a Capitol Neighborhoods Inc. board member. “We treated every tree that met the city’s minimum requirements in those parks.”

Ostlind was referring to four parks with ash trees that are located in the city’s downtown area: Brittingham, James Madison, Law and Reynolds. Because of the infestation by the pernicious beetle, ash trees have to be either treated or felled. Treating them costs money and the city is looking for folks willing to foot the bill.

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