The City of Wabasha Public Works Department has just finished planting 95 trees of 6 different varieties. They are doing this to begin the process of replacing the 950 ash trees that had to be removed due to the Emerald Ash Borer Disease. This disease is from an invasive beetle from Asia that attacks and kills trees. Unfortunately, it has decimated almost all ash trees in Wabasha and across the Midwest.

The initial tree plantings began on the West side of town where the Ash removal first began. So far, the Public Works Department has planted all the way to and along Bridge Avenue.  Depending on the city’s budget, there will be a tree order of roughly the same size in years to come, to keep replacing boulevard and park trees.

“ Trees increase our air pollution filtration, provide shade, and increase property value,” said Tony Johnson. “If you get a tree on your boulevard, we ask the public to help us out by keeping the trees watered next spring.”

Council Member Craig Falkum also supports these efforts, “ Trees make the City more welcoming, among many other benefits.”

The Wabasha Kellogg Area Community Foundation supported the purchase of some of these trees with a financial contribution to the City of Wabasha. If you would like to support more trees being planted in the City of Wabasha, you can donate to the Wabasha Kellogg Area Community Foundation, with your gift being designated for “Wabasha Trees”.

(Photo by: City of Wabasha, Matt Wobbe)