Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has been infesting Twin Cities ash trees for years and was first found in Golden Valley in 2018. The invasive beetle kills trees by tunneling through the bark and feeding on their nutrients.
Infested trees have almost a zero chance of survival and usually die within two to five years. The City's forestry staff inspects ash trees for infestation and, if needed, issues notices for removal.
The City requires removal of infested trees within 60 days or scheduled treatment. Failure to do so results in the City charging the property owner a special assessment for contracted removal, plus a 20 percent administrative fee, Minnesota sales tax, a $35 certification fee, and interest payable within one year.
Removal of infested ash trees that are declining in health prevents potential damage, injury from falling trees, or large branches breaking off. Moderately infested trees can be removed or treated. Notify City forestry staff if you have scheduled EAB treatment for your ash tree.
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture offers resources, like a Tree Care Registry and Checklist, that can help with the hiring process for removal or treatment of trees (see link below). The State also provides information on transporting firewood and where to dispose of ash tree waste.
Learn more on the City website or the Minnesota Department of Agriculture website.