Emerald Ash Borer Management

2017

The removal of EAB from the Highland National Golf Course began on Monday, January 9th.   The removal of Emerald Ash on the golf courses is a result of the increase in funding that was allocated to Parks. Highland National begins today with Como Golf starting after the ski programs ends.

Two bids awarded;

  •         Tree Trust – Como Golf 175 trees
  •         YTS Company- Highland National / Highland 9 309 trees.

Timeline

  • 1-2 days for cutting of the trees at the 18 hole Highland National course.
  • 3-4 days for staging the trees in designated areas to be chipped and processed.
  • January 17 to start the chipping and grinding process.
  • Tentative start date of January 23 for the Highland 9 hole.

In an effort to minimize any damage to the golf turf, the YTS company has met with golf staff and has identified and packed all appropriate access points and the routes to use for the removal.

Map of Highland Park Tree Removal – 2017 

EAB Map 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

GREEN RIBBONS – Forestry Staff began placing green ribbon with the message “Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Kills Ash Trees; www.stpaul.gov/eab) around ash trees in high-volume areas in order to promote awareness and encourage people to visit our website to learn about EAB: what the city is doing to manage it, tips for homeowners with ash trees on their private property, etc. Currently, the ribbons have been placed on trees on only a few streets, but the plan is to have this campaign go citywide over the next several months.  The green ribbons do not indicate that the marked trees are slated for immediate removal, but since they are ash trees they will eventually be removed as a part of the EAB management plan.

As infestations continue to advance at a rapid rate, it is important for residents to understand their role in helping eliminate safety risks that dead ash trees can present by making a plan for removal/replacement of private ash trees.  The green ribbon is a helpful tool not only in showing how many ash trees there are in the city, but what they look like.

The ribbon approach is an added outreach effort alongside the targeted postcards we already send residents when trees will be removed in their neighborhood. We have posted information about the ribbons online and will continue to work to help inform residents about what the ribbons are trying to accomplish.

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2016

Forestry is currently surveying Saint Paul for EAB infested ash trees. Forestry will be marking infested ash trees for removal between January 2016 and April 2016. Click here for more information.

2015

An informational meeting will be held as part of the Community Services Committee on Tuesday, February 24th at 6:30 p.m.at the Highland Park Community Center (HPCC).  Forestry staff will be present to provide information and to answer questions regarding the process and timeline.

Removals will begin in  early February (see map links below).
Stump removal to follow (asap) weather permitting—usually early spring.
Replacement trees installed by contractor this spring—door hangers are used to notify owner of tree type/care instructions.

Below are documents related to the 2015 removal.

Communication

A specific direct mail communication will go to all homeowners that will have a public ash tree removed and replanted in front/by their house. The direct mail piece will focus on notification of upcoming removals as well as give residents options for contacting Forestry with questions (as always, residents wanting more information can call our Forestry hotline at: 651.632.5129 or visit Saint Paul EAB). Beginning this year, we are updating materials and communication efforts to include multiple languages.
In addition to the notification prior to beginning removals, we will also leave a “door knocker” at every address after removals are complete, notifying the homeowner of what type of tree will be replanted and how they should care for it to ensure it remains healthy.

2014

Scheduled structured removals of declining or infested public Ash trees in Highland will begin at the end of this month. A total of 207 public boulevard ash trees will be removed, and then replanted (either spring or fall depending on species – streets highlighted on the map).

Per the EAB management plan, and as Forestry has done with success over the last 3 years, we will be notifying every homeowner that will be directly affected by these removals via postcard at least a week before the removals begin (should receive their notification later this week or early next week). We have also scheduled an open house/meeting hosted by Forestry at Hillcrest Rec. Center at 6 p.m. on Jan. 28.

Following the removals, and prior to replanting, we leave a door “knocker” at each house with what species tree we plan to replant. Homeowners are given the option of calling Forestry to request a different species (but we limit some species choices so we have a diversity).

Please note, regarding the recent cold temps and the impact on EAB. Although we anticipate the cold could have some impact on the EAB larvae populations,the infestation is so widely spread already that although the cold will kill some, it will not kill all, so EAB will still have major impacts on our ash tree population. The City’s plan to stay ahead of the spread by removing and replanting as many public boulevard ash trees as funding allows, needs to continue. The potential positive of the cold, is that it may help to also slow the spread.

Star Tribune Article on EAB 010914