Over the next eight years, the city of Minneapolis plans to remove about 40,000 ash trees from around the city in order to combat the Emerald Ash Borer, a tiny green bug that’s responsible for taking down trees that have stood for decades.
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Over the next eight years, Minneapolis will remove 40,000 ash trees from parks and boulevards, part of a $9-million initiative that began in January to eliminate the emerald ash borer. The beetle has killed millions of trees in the U.S., and has invaded neighborhoods across the Twin Cities. Ralph Sievert, director of forestry for the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, says the idea is to phase them out over a period of time.
Minnesota agriculture officials are encouraged by the initial results of a new way to find emerald ash borers.
In Minnesota, emerald ash borers usually strike the first of May, but not this year. They’re actually striking now. Our warm spring has brought the tree killing beetle earlier than usual.
Officials are planning to release stingless wasps near St. Paul’s stately Summit Avenue to combat a newly discovered infestation of emerald ash borers.
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture confirms the emerald ash borer has now been found in Winona County.
It’s the size of gnat but it will help some giant ash trees. On Wednesday, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture released a tiny, stingless wasp that could help save millions of trees in the Twin Cities.
The City of Minneapolis is urging homeowners to not prune their ash trees because the emerald ash borer is coming out of dormancy for the season.
A century old ash tree is making its final stand along Buchanan Street in Northeast Minneapolis. Its early demise is symbolic of the fight to slow the spread of emerald ash borer.
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