An emerald ash borer beetle is seen emerging from a tree in Westminster.
An emerald ash borer beetle is seen emerging from a tree in Westminster.
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Boulder between next week and Jan. 10 will remove 18 trees in the University Hill area, including 13 ashes heavily infested with the destructive emerald ash borer insect.

The other five trees are of various species and are dead or dying, with all 18 posing a risk to public safety, according to a city news release.

All removals are scheduled to take place between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m., and no street closures are anticipated since the work zones are small and will be coned and taped off, the release said.

Emerald ash borer, a wood-boring beetle, has been detected in more than 35 states, the release said, and has killed hundreds of millions of ash trees over the past two decades.

As populations of the beetle in Boulder continue to increase, ash trees are expected to be infested at continually higher rates.

Residents can expect to see growing numbers of ash tree removals citywide on both public and private property over the next several years, the release said.

To learn more about the city’s emerald ash borer plan, visit EABBoulder.org.

A list of arborists licensed through the city that can perform tree removals on private property can be found on BoulderForestry.org.