MARSHFIELD, WI (OnFocus) – The forestry section in Braem Park, roughly 20 acres in size, revealed that 50 percent of the standing timber is comprised of ash trees. These trees are susceptible to Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) and become extremely dangerous once infected. This is a significant concern due to the use this park attracts.
A management plan set in place breaks the park up into five different harvest zones. Breaking the park into these zones reduces the aesthetic impact this park will be undergoing for the next several years. Each winter, a harvest zone is focused on removing ash trees. This is a proactive effort to remove the trees before they threaten our park users.
The logs will be auctioned off at the end of each harvest period in the middle of February. Details on bidding for the harvested logs will be available in a following press release closer to that time.
In the spring following each harvest, the area is planted with a diverse selection of tree species specifically suited for the environment by city staff and volunteers. The trees selected for the spring planting include; black spruce, bur oak, northern red oak, quaking aspen, red maple, river birch, silver maple, swamp white oak, tamarack, and white pine.
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