This page contains information about the City of Plymouth's tree replacement program for residents who live near an ash tree on a city boulevard.
In September 2015, the first case of Emerald Ash Borer was confirmed in the City of Plymouth. The small, invasive insect infects ash trees and spreads quickly, typically killing a majority of ash trees in its path. There are basically two options for ash trees – begin a course of treatment immediately, or plan for the tree to be removed.
Treatment: The city performs an ongoing, preventative treatment cycle on ash trees in city boulevards and parks that are a minimum of 15 inches in diameter and in good health.
Removal: Smaller, unhealthy or hazardous ash trees on city property are set for pre-emptive removal to help slow the spread of the borer. Once removed, the City of Plymouth will provide a free replacement tree of your choice, while supplies last.
Removal and Replacement Schedule
For the boulevard ash trees slated for removal, winter is the best time to perform the work. Borers are dormant in the winter and are more likely to remain in the tree, which will help prevent them from spreading. Trees will be removed through the course of two consecutive winters.
Winter 2018-2019: Last winter, boulevard ash trees east of Interstate 494 were set for removal. Replacement trees were available in spring of 2019.
Winter 2019-2020: This winter, boulevard ash trees west of I-494 will be removed. Replacement trees will be available in the fall of 2020.
In order to receive a new tree, please fill out the form below. Tree quantities are limited and residents are encouraged to fill out the form early.