Since 2016, Chippewa County has been working to fight off an invasive species infesting trees in its parks and community.
The Chippewa Falls Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department is treating trees in Irvine Park that have been affected by emerald ash borer, an invasive beetle that kills ash trees by disrupting the tree’s ability to transport water and nutrients.
Emerald ash borer can spread quickly causing streets, parks and yards to become full of dead and dying trees. Officials say a little over 1200 ash trees were threatened, by emerald ash borer.
Dick Herbert, Director of Parks, Recreation & Forestry, said the emerald ash borer was recently detected in Chippewa County and it continues to spread all across Wisconsin.
He said this is a joint effort between officials and local residents.
Herbert said if homeowners want their trees removed, it will be covered by the city. If they chose to keep their trees, officials say they are responsible for maintenance and care for the life of the tree.