70 Ash Trees To Be Removed Along Winnetka Ave
As the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) makes its way through surrounding cities, this summer the City of Golden Valley, with help from Hennepin County, will remove up to 70 ash trees along Winnetka Ave from Hwy 55 to 10th Ave N.
While the beetle has not yet been discovered in Golden Valley, an EAB infestation is inevitable, says Al Lundstrom, park maintenance supervisor and Golden Valley forester. Golden Valley developed an EAB management plan in 2010 with the goal of removing all public ash trees, up to 100 per year, over the course of two decades. About 23 percent of trees in Golden Valley parks are ash.
Over the past eight years, foresters have used GPS technology to inventory public ash trees and manage plans for removal and replacement.
The Winnetka Ave ash removal project, initiated by Hennepin County, will supplement the City’s ongoing removal project.
“Although no one has officially found EAB in Golden Valley, the city is surrounded by confirmed cases and we are working to be proactive to remove and replace ash trees,” says Hennepin County Forester Jen Kullgren.
“City and County foresters developed a plan to replace the removed ash trees with nine different varieties of trees to limit loss in the future if another insect or disease were to develop,” Lundstrom says.
EAB has killed tens of millions of ash trees, and research has not found any resistance to this Asian beetle in native ash. Minnesota has about 900 million ash trees, an important component of the urban landscapes.
The Winnetka Ave removal process is scheduled to begin in August. New trees will be planted by City staff and volunteers.
The planting event is scheduled for Sat, Oct 21, 9 am–noon. Light refreshments and a lunch will be served. To volunteer, contact Kullgren at 612-596-1175. Space is limited to 10 volunteers from Golden Valley.