Removal of 1,200 trees from grounds of Gateway Arch to begin Wednesday

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ST. LOUIS — The removal of more than 1,000 trees on the grounds of the Gateway Arch is about to begin.

KMOV-TV (http://bit.ly/1FSl0h2 ) reports that the National Parks Service will start the process of removing 1,200 trees on Wednesday. About 800 of those trees are expected to die due to an invasive beetle called the emerald ash borer, which destroys ash trees.

Bob Moore of the National Park Service says that in addition to the concerns about the pests, the trees have reached the end of their useful life cycle and would have to be removed within a few years anyway.

As part of the project to renovate the Arch area, more than 4,100 new trees are expected to be planted in the spring of 2016.


Information from: KMOV-TV, http://www.kmov.com

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