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Waterloo forestry crews working to take down ash trees

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The process has begun to remove all ash trees in Waterloo.

More than four thousand ash trees need to be cut down due to the discovery of the emerald ash borer beetle.

On Monday crews removed 17 trees, Tuesday they removed 27.

It's estimated to cost about $2.4 million to cut down all the ash trees. The city forestry department is looking to take on that task until they fall behind.

"I could see our removals aren't keeping up with the dying trees due to the emerald ash borer and at that point we may have to seek some assistance with contractual help," said Todd Derfield, city forester.

Derfield suggests if you have an ash tree in your yard, consider removing or treating it.

For more information: http://www.waterlooleisureservices.org/forestry

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