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First case of Emerald Ash Borer confirmed in City of Brooklyn Park

August 21, 2017 12:00 PM

The City of Brooklyn Park and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture have confirmed the presence of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) in at least one tree in the city.

A private arborist working for a local tree company located the infested tree on private property at a business in the 3900 block of 85th Avenue in the central part of the city. The city has anticipated the arrival of the ash-killing invasive species as we have been monitoring its spread across the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota since 2009.

EAB is difficult to detect, it is a tree pest that attacks and kills ash trees. A newly infested tree shows very few external signs of the insect. One of the first signs is jagged holes in the bark created by woodpeckers trying to dig out the larvae. Emerging adult beetles will create a D-shaped exit hole.

The City of Brooklyn Park has been preparing for the arrival of EAB since 2011 when the City Council adopted an Emerald Ash Borer Preparedness and Management Plan. To minimize the impact of EAB on city-owned property, the city has removed smaller, unhealthy or hazardous ash trees, and began a two-year ongoing treatment cycle for larger healthy ash trees.

Private property owners with ash trees in the City of Brooklyn Park are encouraged to consider plans for treatment or removal.

More information on Emerald Ash Borer

Visit Emerald Ash Borer Early Detection and Rapid Response


If you have any questions, please contact City Forester Mark Anderson between the hours of 6:00 a.m.to 2:30 p.m.

Mark Anderson
City Forester, City of Brooklyn Park
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