–Mitigation efforts are underway in the city of Algona to try and save as many Ash trees as possible from destruction at the hands of the Emerald Ash Borer, which was first discovered in Kossuth County in 2022. Deputy City Administrator Barb Smith tells KLGA News they had Grassmasters look at every Ash tree on city property.
Smith says bids for the tree removal came in low, so they will be able to remove more than they originally estimated.
A total of 788 Ash trees are currently on city property, of which 25 were rated a 0 or 1, while most of the trees are rated either a 3 or 4 on the five-point scale. Trees that have a 5 rating are eligible for chemical treatment, with assistance from the city available to cover part of the cost. Most of the trees that will be taken down this year are in the right of way, and Smith says replacing them in the exact same spot could be difficult for homeowners.
Funding for new trees is a joint effort between the city and Algona Municipal Utilities. The city will provide financial assistance for trees that are replanted within the right of way, while AMU will aid with trees replanted on private property. Trees that have been designated for removal this year have been marked with a white X on the trunk. If you have any questions, contact Smith at City Hall by calling 515-295-2411.