SHEBOYGAN — The City of Sheboygan is working with a logging company to trees from Lakeview Park on the city’s south side.
According to the Department of Public Works, crews are removing Ash trees from the park formerly called Shooting Park, located at 3201 Lakeshore Drive. As a result, the park is closed to vehicle traffic through Monday March 12th.
The work started Thursday, March 8th.
Emerald Ash Borer is an invasive, wood boring beetle. It kills ash trees by eating the tissues under the bark. This metallic green beetle is native to East Asia. It was brought to the United States accidentally, in the wood of shipping crates from China.
The City of Sheboygan has confirmed the presence of Emerald Ash Borer within the city in March 2016. Since the first find, Emerald Ash Borer was found at Lakeview Park and at North 17th Street and New Jersey Avenue along the Sheboygan River.
An estimated 834 million ash trees are in Wisconsin’s forestlands as part of northern hardwood, oak-hickory and bottomland hardwood forests. Ash trees provide many ecological benefits: their seeds provide food for birds and small mammals, black ash twigs and leaves provide food for deer and moose and trunk cavities provide nesting areas for birds such as the wood duck according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.