Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has officially been confirmed in North St. Paul by the MN Department of Agriculture. It was discovered by public works during routine boulevard tree trimming on the northside of town.
Fortunately, the City has been preparing for the insect's arrival since the adoption of our EAB plan back in 2016. The City is advising residents to watch for signs and symptom's of EAB on their private ash trees. More information on EAB and management options for private ash trees can be found here.
The City of North St. Paul is doing preemptive removals in conjunction with street projects. This is an appropriate opportunity to reduce the high percentage of large ash trees on the boulevards that will otherwise be dying all at once in the near future. In response to specific concerns they have checked the upper canopy branches of certain trees using an aerial lift.
There is a wealth of information on the internet about EAB, including maps, how to identify it, the latest research, and advice on how to fight it, both for the individual tree owner and as a community, and the consequences of not doing so, such as the loss of property value.