Removal of Marked Ash Trees Begins

With the completion of identifying and marking over 2,100 ash trees located in public rights-of-way (parking strip) complete, removal efforts will now begin.

As a preemptive measure to slow the infestation of the emerald ash borer (EAB), Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation implemented a multiyear plan to remove untreated ash trees located in public rights-of-way. Ash trees targeted for removal in 2019 are marked with a blue “9”.

With the large number of ash trees targeted for removal, the City has awarded contracts to three licensed arborists to assist with the process. Andy’s Tree Service, Midwest Tree Service, and Wasp Tree & Lawn will be working on removal efforts until Memorial Day. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, no ash tree removals are allowed. Tree removal will resume after Labor Day 2019. Work is anticipated to last through the end of the year.

Untreated ash trees are being removed at NO COST to the property owner. The tree removal process includes removal of the tree and grinding of the stump, disposal of excess debris, and removal of excess stump grindings. Replacing stump grindings with fresh topsoil and planting of grass will be the responsibility of the property owner.

For more information on EAB, the 2019 removal area map or to learn about replanting trees in the rights-of-way, visit the City’s website at

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