Emerald Ash Borer

The Saint Anthony West Neighborhood Organization has developed a plan to address the Emerald Ash Borer problem that is in our neighborhood. Two dozen ash trees were cut down in one recent summer, and more are dying and will be cut down soon. We have started a fluid, multifaceted, multi-year program that has the goal of making the loss of trees in our neighborhood less extreme and giving more time for the tree canopy to balance between new and mature trees. Some of the main issues we explored with the forestry department of the Park Board included:

  • How do we communicate with the Park Board about the Ash trees on the boulevards in front of our houses as to when they will be replaced and what type of tree we would like to see re-planted? There are several options you can choose from.
  • Is it feasible for the neighborhood to treat selected trees on the boulevards in order to not lose our tree canopy quickly? What would be the cost?
  • How does STAWNO reach out to residents regarding the Emerald Ash Borer problem?

The Saint Anthony West Neighborhood Organization (STAWNO) has developed a plan to treat and save 20 percent of ash trees (approximately 100) in the neighborhood on public land. We have been working with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board on this project. We have completed two phases of the EAB treatement process and plan to conduct a third phase in 2020.