St. Paul Looks For Funding to Keep Up With Emerald Ash Borer Infestation

February 09, 2018 10:16 PM

An Emerald Ash Borer infestation has progressed in St. Paul.

According to the city's park and recreation department, 95 percent of St. Paul neighborhoods are now seeing some sort of infestation.

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So, to say it's a crisis would probably be appropriate.

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"To date, I think about 10,000 (trees) have been removed and we have about 17,000 to go," said Clare Cloyd, a spokesperson for the city's parks and recreation department said.

Emerald Ash Borer has been impacting St. Paul since 2009. To fight the scourge, the city implemented a three-part process:

Removal, stump, then replant.

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But money to remove those trees is tight.

Before leaving office, former mayor Chris Coleman set aside a budget of $1.8 million to fight the problem.

Cloyd said that's enough money to clear 1,500 trees.

RELATED: Twin Cities Loses Nearly 60K Trees to Emerald Ash Borer

The city's annual EAB report said budget constraints will likely limit EAB management efforts unless a consistent funding source is found.

"Ultimately, more money will be needed to address the problem," Cloyd said.

To work within its means, the city is only targeting fully-infested trees. Crews will no longer take down trees that are simply at risk.

In 2017, the city planted 640 trees of various species directly related to ash removal/reforestation efforts. That includes species like the Hackberry Tree and the Kentucky Coffee Wood Tree.

Residents with ash trees in their yard can visit the city's website for more information about EAB infestations.

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