Grants available to help fight emerald ash borer

Emerald ash Bore hole
The adult emerald ash borer leaves a D-shaped hole as it exits an ash tree's bark, as depicted in this ash tree between Pioneer Village and Interstate 90. (Tim Middagh/The Globe)

ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has grant money available to help communities combat emerald ash borer and manage city-owned ash trees. Grants can help pay for tree inventories, management plans, ash removal and tree planting.

Eligibility criteria and pre-application forms are available on the DNR’s EAB grant website. Pre-applications are required and will determine which proposals advance to the final application process. Pre-applications must be emailed to by midnight Oct. 4.

Minnesota communities are at risk of losing 2.65 million public and privately owned ash trees to EAB. This places a significant financial burden on cities as they manage their trees. The estimated cost to remove and replace a single city-owned ash tree is $1,000.

The loss of 2.65 million ash trees also presents environmental concerns for communities: it will result in an additional 1.7 billion gallons of water annually entering already stressed stormwater systems across Minnesota. Managing city-owned trees can reduce this stress as well as prevent the increase in temperatures, especially along boulevards, that the loss of canopy will cause.

Emerald ash borer is an invasive beetle that kills ash trees. To date, it has been discovered in 20 Minnesota counties, including Nobles County.


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