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You may have seen pink Xs on many of the trees within South St. Paul. This signifies that the tree has been recognized as diseased or dying and will be removed by the city. Due to emerald ash borer (EAB), a beetle that infests and kills green and white ash trees, over 800 trees must be removed in South St. Paul boulevards alone, as of June, 2023, so please be patient with us. The city understands the urgency to remove these trees and is working hard to remove them as soon as possible, given the limited staff and time.
If you have an ash tree on your private property, be sure to check for common signs your tree has been impacted by EAB, including the following: canopy dieback, holes in the bark due to woodpecker activity, and S-shaped galleries in the dead bark. It is highly recommended for residents to remove these trees as soon as possible to maintain safety and prevent the further spread of emerald ash borer beetle. There are many local tree removal services located in an around South St. Paul that you may find through a simple google search.