The efforts to prevent widespread emerald ash borer infestations in Prairie Village are having a visible impact on several streets in the northern neighborhoods of the city.
Contractors have already removed at least 50 of the 120 ash trees scheduled for culling this winter. Seven streets in the city have gotten special designation with detailed tree removal plans because of the prominence of the ashes along the streetscape. A total of 139 ash trees are slated for removal by the city this year, though that number could change if homeowners or the city alter their decisions about whether trees should be treated instead of removed.
The city’s public works department has worked with arborists for more than a year on a multi-year plan to address the threat of the emerald ash borer, which was confirmed in Prairie Village last March. Prairie Village and Johnson County officials have been working to educate homeowners about their options in the face of emerald ash borer infestation for several months.
You can see detailed maps of the tree treatment and removal plans for the seven Prairie Village streets with some of the highest concentration of ash trees below: