Image courtesy Minnesota DNR.

Twenty trees will be removed from the waterfall area at Minneapoa State Park to prevent hazards, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resouces.

Emerald ash borer has not been confirmed within the park, but in December, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture identified infested ash trees about four miles away.  The DNR decided to remove the trees now to ensure visitor and employee safety, and to reduce costs associated with managing and removing diseased trees.

The trees slated for removal include 17 ash trees, a storm-damaged red oak, and two sugar maples in declining health. Removal began on Monday, February 6.