More Cases Of Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed In Golden Valley
Since the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) was first found in Golden Valley in July 2018, more cases have been confirmed throughout the community. City foresters stress that awareness and management are vital to slowing the spread of the invasive beetle.
While EAB is relatively new to Golden Valley, it has been present in Minnesota and in many of Golden Valley’s neighboring cities for several years. For an interactive map showing all confirmed EAB infestations in Minnesota, go to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture website.
Management And Removal
Public Trees—In accordance with its EAB Management Plan, the City removes ash trees annually on City property (parks/golf course, etc) and replaces them with a variety of species. This approach spreads out costs and limits future loss if another insect or disease were to develop.
Private Trees—For trees on private property, the City will help with inspection and make recommendations for treatment and/ or removal. If you suspect an EAB infestation on your property, visit the invasive species page on the City website (see below).
Boulevard Trees—The City will remove boulevard trees at no cost to residents but currently has no program for replacing them. Residents who have treated boulevard ash trees to prevent EAB need to notify the City so those trees are added to a list for non-removal. Call Physical Development at 763-593-8030. The recommended window for removing ash trees is Oct 1–May 1, unless there’s a safety concern.
See the Invasive Species page on the City website for more information and resources.