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Published June 02, 2009, 12:00 AM

Survey finds 59 trees in St. Paul with ash borer

ST. PAUL — A new survey found 59 trees infested by the emerald ash borer within a half-mile of the original infestation site in St. Paul.

ST. PAUL — A new survey found 59 trees infested by the emerald ash borer within a half-mile of the original infestation site in St. Paul.

A spokesman for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture said that’s fewer trees than once feared, particularly since there were hundreds of trees in the two-mile search radius.

The department said 29 of the trees are on public land, and the city of St. Paul will begin removing them this week. The other 30 trees are on private property.

The director of the Agriculture Department’s plant protection division said it is encouraging that the infestation apparently hasn’t spread more widely.

The Ag Department and St. Paul officials believe the best approach is to quickly remove the infested trees and monitor nearby ash trees for signs of infestation.

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