Unlicensed service cuts down city-owned trees in St. Paul

Published 10:05 am Thursday, March 30, 2017

ST. PAUL — An unlicensed tree-trimming service from California is in hot water in St. Paul after removing 22 city-owned trees to create parking spaces at a shopping center.

City officials have ordered A and A Tree Service to cease operations in St. Paul. The company didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday.

A city inspector also issued a warning to the management office at the Hmong Village Shopping Center. Hmong Village will have to replace the missing trees.

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The parking lot project manager says the trees that were removed are susceptible to the emerald ash borer, and would have been cut down eventually under the city’s ash tree removal program.