New levy to pay for $9 million ash tree removal in Minneapolis

  • Article by: Bill McAuliffe , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 10, 2013 - 8:51 PM

A new tax levy will generate funding for the systematic replacement of the bug-plagued trees, starting next year.

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mnpls123Dec. 10, 13 8:43 PM

I'm one of the 75 homeowners who treated their tree. The cost vs the value it adds to my property made it an easy choice.

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mankato58Dec. 10, 13 9:56 PM

Cost of $9 million for removal, but there is no talk of the income side. What will be the income from the sale of the wood, and what will the net profit be from this project?

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albundy74Dec. 10, 1310:35 PM

@mankato58: Great care should be used when dealing with the cut down trees. The wood should not be transported past the Minneapolis city borders if any of the trees are currently infected. I'm hoping they can use it to power an incinerator downtown for power this winter.

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mankato58Dec. 10, 1311:16 PM

albundy, The lumber is not a threat. These trees can be made into lumber and utilized in furniture or building products. The insects will not survive the process of preparation. Preparation for fueling the downtown incinerators is a greater risk than milling and drying the lumber. Let us also take a look at the fear and what is happening in other areas of the nation: 1. If it is true that this is going to be a near 100% infestation, what difference does it make if some insects escape the metro area; 2. Other parts of the nation have already survived long past the time when these bugs were to destroy their forests. From the experience of many to the east of us, this move is paranoia.

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mchristiDec. 11, 13 4:38 AM

Since there are places where most of the trees on a block are ash, this will result in denuding of the streets. I've seen it in places already. They go in and simply remove all the trees, save a couple of now odd looking hold outs. Why not simply remove the trees when they are infected and dying, and leave the trees in place as long as possible?

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mensanDec. 11, 13 4:40 AM

Since the levy is going to Mpls, does that mean only Mpls residents are subject to funding it?

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darkcircleDec. 11, 13 7:20 AM

I'm always shocked to listen to the lack of comprehension of basic scientific principles from the political bloggers in here.

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reader2580Dec. 11, 13 7:27 AM

Urban trees are rarely milled into lumber due to hidden objects that find their way into urban trees

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nstars16Dec. 11, 13 7:51 AM

Did WE, the residents that live in Minneapolis get to Vote on the Tax levy ??? I don't recall seeing it on any ballot ??

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mpls5555Dec. 11, 13 8:04 AM

The stories about this ash removal program have never explained why we're cutting down healthy tress on the premise that someday they may die. To me it's like taking a hammer to your car fender before heading out on an icy road because you might get a dent. I understand there's a good chance they'll die, I understand the advantages of diversifying, I understand planning, but why the rush to take them out now? What if the ash borer starts to retreat in a couple years and we regret spending millions removing big beautiful trees?

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