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Last of street ash trees cut down

Steve Pepple By Steve Pepple
on April 02, 2007 at 7:02 AM, updated April 02, 2007 at 8:06 AM

The last of Ann Arbor's street ash trees have been removed, ending a several-year, $2 million-plus odyssey that left Treetown a lot sunnier and autumn leaf pick-up perhaps a little less laborious.

City forester Kay Sicheneder said the resulting stump removal is under way and should be complete sometime in June. City foresters also will inventory to ensure no dead trees had been missed. The tree removal wrapped up March19.

"We haven't inspected every corner, but they are virtually done," Sicheneder said, adding that removal of ash trees on other public lands - such as city parks and parts of natural areas - is ongoing.

However, the replanting effort will take much longer, Sicheneder said. State grant money for tree replanting has recently focused on more newly afflicted areas, she said. Some 10,500 ash trees on city land were affected.

Read today's Ann Arbor News for more details.