As part of the City's Emerald Ash Borer Management Plan, the City removes or treats public ash trees based on a tree's condition rating. Public ash trees are defined as trees within street boulevards and City-owned property such as parks.
on public ash tree removals and treatments within neighborhood boulevards will be
posted here as it becomes available.
In 2018, the City plans to hire a contractor to remove poor quality ash within boulevards. Residents affected by these removals have been notified by mail.
1/10/2018: Contractor bids for tree removals have been received and are under review.
2/7/18: Contract in place. Company doing the removals is North Star Tree Care Inc., 11951 Lake Road, Pierz, MN, Phone (612) 419-7446.
**Removals scheduled to begin on March 7.**
3/12/18: Removals began last week in the upper section of the North River Hills neighborhood. Stump grinding/site repair will occur at a later date.
3/16/18: Removals are continuing in the North and South River Hills neighborhoods.
4/20/18: Contractors have removed trees in the northern Burnsville and are now working in the central part of the City. Tree removals are scheduled to be completed by May 1st but weather may impact the schedule. Stump grinding and repair of removal sites will continue through May.
5/14/18: Most boulevard tree removals have been completed. Stump grinding and site repair are about 50% complete. The stump grinding crew is currently working in the area 130th Street and Portland Ave.
5/21/18: The stump grinding crew is working on stumps from north to south and are currently in central Burnsville.
6/5/18: Stump removal along boulevards should be complete by June 10th.
6/12/18: Mechanical issues delayed the stump grinding work. The target completion date is now in two weeks (June 26th).
The City plans to continue treatment of healthy public ash trees in 2018. Trees within the boulevard right-of-ways of residential areas are considered public trees, and more info will be posted as it becomes available.
Residents affected by treatments will be notified in advance by postcard.
2/21/18: The ash tree treatment project is out for bid. A contractor will be selected by early March.
4/6/18: Rainbow Tree Care has been selected as the contractor to provide treatments to public ash trees. The company also has special rates for privately-owned ash trees.
5/14/18: Treatment of boulevard ash will begin in June.
6/4/18: Treatments began for City trees within boulevards and parks.
Why are we removing poor quality ash trees?
The City designates trees as "poor quality" when they are structurally unsound, severely stressed or unhealthy in some other way. Poor quality ash trees may be characterized by large cracks in the trunk (shown in photo at right), areas of decay, weak branch structure, low leaf production, sprouting along the trunk, insect damage, and other symptoms.
Unhealthy trees release chemical compounds that some tree-eating insects (such as EAB) can detect and use to find these trees. Because of weakened defense systems, poor quality trees cannot as easily fend off attacks from insects. So removing poor quality ash trees reduces the risk of attracting EAB to an area. Though EAB will infest healthy ash trees, they are attracted more to unhealthy ones.
Removing poor quality ash trees also reduces potential tree hazards to people and property. As EAB feeds on tree tissue, the tree becomes fragile and more likely to fall over or drop large limbs. EAB-killed ash wood rapidly dries out and becomes brittle, so that even a light breeze can topple the tree.
Why are we treating good quality ash trees?
All true ash tree species are vulnerable to infestation by EAB. To protect healthy public ash trees, the City treats them on a rotating schedule. The non-neonicotinoid, trunk-injected chemical treatments will protect trees from infestation for at least two years.