We all know that the emerald ash borer is destroying Minnesota forests.
What, you don’t?! Here’s what you need to know about the imminent threat of EAB, what you need to do RIGHT NOW to save your ash trees, and how you can help #ActOnAsh in your community!
What is EAB?
What’s at risk?
Are my trees safe?Only if you treat them. All 1 billion ash trees in Minnesota are susceptible to EAB unless treated! Use this resource to see how close the EAB infestation is to your property or favorite wooded areas.
People can slow the spread of EAB, but not stop it. This is why you have to prepare for EAB even if you live outside a quarantine zone!
How to Identify an Ash Tree
Still not sure if your tree is an ash? We can help! Send a high-quality photo to us via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or email with the hashtag #ActOnAsh, and our forestry staff will have a look for you!
How to Identify an EAB infestation
If your ash tree has an early-stage infestation, it may be able to be treated (see below). But if the infestation advances too far, your ash tree may not be able to be treated. When it dies, it will become very brittle, and pose a dangerous risk to any property, person, or infrastructure nearby.
Isn’t someone doing something about this?Your local government may have an EAB management plan, but it likely only pertains to public trees. For many municipalities, ash trees will simply be removed. Municipalities will not intervene in the health of trees on private property, so don’t wait for someone to tell you to do something about your ash tree! If you have ash trees on your property, you need to make a plan of action right now!
What do I need to do about my ash trees?#ActOnAsh
EAB has been in Minnesota for almost ten years; the time to act is now! If you own an ash tree on your property, you will have to decide if you want to treat or remove your tree. The longer an ash tree is infested, the more dangerous it becomes, and the more expensive to have it removed. As a first step, consult a tree care company like Tree Trust Landscape Services; a tree care specialist will help you explore options for your trees.
What more can I do?Trees impact everything. The loss of our ash trees will damage air and water quality, animal habitat, urban temperatures, and home values, and it will take decades for new trees to provide similar benefits as the large trees they will be replacing.
What is ahead is daunting, but there are many things we can all do to help mitigate the loss of our trees! You can help keep Minnesota green by:
- Treating any ash trees that you own
- Planting trees on your personal property
- Volunteering with us to plant trees in public spaces
- Supporting policies that increase funding for the state and local governments to manage the EAB crisis
- Supporting organizations like Tree Trust that are making an impact. In 2017, Tree Trust’s Community Forestry program planted and distributed 3,209 trees across the state.