Updated: 03/19/2014 9:35 PM
Created: 03/19/2014 5:50 PM KSTP.com
By: Joe Mazan
How much is a worth tree really worth?
Cottage Grove is putting a value on trees in its fight against the emerald ash borer. The city says a software system called i-Tree is helping them save hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The U.S. Forest Service program helps place a value on city-owned ash trees. The value is partly based on size and location. It helps determine if a tree is worth saving with pesticides or cutting down.
"We can take that number and put in X amount of dollars in pesticides we're preserving that canopy and here's the benefits we're getting for aesthetics, for storm water runoff, for CO2 emission reductions and things of that nature," said Zac Dockter Cottage Grove Director of Parks and Rec.
More than 200 cities and organizations in Minnesota use the i-Tree software program.