Eau Claire construction will remove 160 trees, but replanting is in the works

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The city is removing 160 trees from the south side of the Bow River as part of work to revamp public spaces in Eau Claire, but there are also plans to replant.

Several projects are underway in Eau Claire, including building flood barriers, replacing the Jaipur Bridge and redesigning Eau Claire plaza.

Tree removal was set to start this week, along with pathway detours to accommodate the work.

According to the city, 114 trees, shrubs and flowers will be replanted in Eau Claire. Trees are also being repurposed in habitat restoration work and planting beds on Prince’s Island.

City details on the Eau Claire work say trees are removed “as a last resort,” and they’re trying to preserve as many as possible throughout construction, but some need to go because they’re already sick or dying.

The tree removal will help accommodate construction of a barrier on the Bow River, stretching from Eau Claire plaza to Reconciliation Bridge, to protect downtown from a 2013-scale flood.

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