Emerald Ash Borer Moves Closer To GV
September 24, 2015
The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is getting closer to Golden Valley. On Sept 15, the City of Plymouth and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture confirmed the presence of the EAB beetle in at least one tree near Medicine Lake in the southeastern part of Plymouth.
The EAB beetle has killed tens of millions of ash trees where it has been discovered. Research has not found any resistance to this Asian beetle in our native ash. Minnesota has about 900 million ash trees, an important component of our urban landscapes. Ash trees make up about 23 percent of trees in Golden Valley parks.
The City of Golden Valley developed an EAB management plan in 2010. Staff used GPS technology to inventory all public ash trees and has been managing the plan and the removal and replacement of ash trees for more than five years. The replacement trees include a variety of species to ensure that no one species will be dominant, meaning in the future a bug like the ash borer won’t pose as big a threat.
To slow the spread of the EAB beetle, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture has quarantined several counties in the state, including Hennepin. The quarantine prohibits the movement of various types of wood and firewood between various counties to prevent the further spread of EAB (get details here).
If you suspect an infestation near your home, visit the Minnesota Department of Agriculture website and use the tools available there. To report a possible EAB infestation, go to Arrest the Pest or call its hotline at 1-888-545-6684.