Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Management Options

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Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Management Options

The City Forester would like the public to know that the emerald ash borer (EAB) problem in Columbia Heights is now critical and not going away. Ash trees are dying in all areas of the City and management decisions need to be made ASAP.

Property owners are responsible for the management of trees on their property and should be aware that all untreated ash trees will die, if they haven’t
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already, and need to be removed. But a bulk discount on EAB treatment for residents is still available through Rainbow Treecare (call 952-922-3810 or visit www.rainbowtreecare.com). Treatment is highly effective and less expensive than removal, but it must begin before too much damage occurs to be effective. This is no longer an option for most ash trees.

For tree removal, the City recommends seeking multiple bids from at least three licensed professionals. Find a list of local licensed contractors at 763-706-3722. No City funding is available for removals. As the situation worsens, the City may order the removal of dead or diseased trees on private property in the interest of public safety.

Bark blonding (as seen to the right) is a sign of EAB.

The City Forester is available for free to help with ID, inspections, and management consultations. Call 763-706-3722 to request assistance.