Emerald ash borer resources from the MN Extension, including details on certified Forest Pest First Detectors. A "10-20-30" tree-diversity rule-of-thumb for reducing the risk of catastrophic tree loss due to pests is to have in the city tree canopy no more than 10% of one species, 20% of one genus, and 30% of one family.
For smaller cities: at least one volunteer is a Minnesota Certified Tree Inspector or a Minnesota Forest Pest First Detector.
At least one city staff member is a Certified Forester, a landscape horticulture professional, or holds Tree Inspector and First Detector certification; city staff provide free assistance to residents/businesses.
City has written and begun implementing a community emerald ash borer preparedness plan/climate change adaptation plan for urban forests; city tree canopy follows "10-20-30" rule-of-thumb.
Implementation details: The City of Bemidji has four Parks and Recreation staff members that are certified Tree Inspectors. The Parks Department is also currently working on an emerald ash bore preparedness plan, with the help of Gary Johnson from the Dept. of Forest Resources at the University of Minnesota. They conducted a volunteer-driven tree inventory this summer and are currently waiting for the analysis.
Implementation details: The City Forester works to maintain city programs and also serve as a resource to residents. Coon Rapids also has three park staff member that are First Detector Certified through the Department of Forest Resources. Their knowledge is specific to invasive species that effect Minnesota’s trees specifically urban forests. Additionally six park staff members are certified tree inspectors. They provide a free service to residents who request three inspections related to possible tree disease, insect problems, proper planting and pruning techniques. These staff members help to educate the community about relevant tree concerns and recommendations for resilient species.
Implementation details: The contracted city forester is a licensed arborist and a certified tree inspector. The city has 2 staff members who are certified tree inspectors.
The City also passed a EAB management plan in 2011 and has started implementing the plan with boulevard trees.
Implementation details: In addition to the Minnetonka’s City Forester being a licensed arborist and certified tree inspector; the city employs two additional certified tree inspectors. For several years, Minnetonka has participated in the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s voluntary early detection program of the emerald ash borer. To date the emerald ash borer has not been detected within the city, the city has a comprehensive emerald ash borer protection plan that is currently being implemented. The plan includes sections pertaining to the prioritization of ash tree removals on public property, budget impacts, replanting and wood waste considerations. The draft plan was presented to the city council in 2013.
Implementation details: The City of Oakdale employs a full-time City Forester, who is a certified arborist and tree inspector. The city's Urban Forestry Management Plan addresses emerald ash borer, as well as buckthorn removal and tree planting expectations.
Implementation details: The City has approximately 5 staff certified as MN Tree Inspectors, and several volunteers are First Detectors or retired foresters from the Minnesota DNR.
The City Council adopted the Shoreview Emerald Ash Borer Management Plan in March of 2012 (attached).
Implementation details: The Public Works Maintenance Superintendent is also a Certified Forester (see attached certificate). He inspects City owned trees as well as private hazardous and diseased trees and manages the City's diseased tree management program (see link).
Implementation details: Three park staff members including the Director of the Parks and Recreation Department are certified tree inspectors. The city has a budget set to provide free trees in all residential area as well as replace damaged or dying trees.
Outcome measures/metrics: The city has planted approximately 40 trees per year in residential areas alone.
For more information contact: DeAndra O'Connell (Community volunteer) | firstname.lastname@example.org | 218-281-8128
Implementation details: The City has Forestry Division within the Parks and Recreation Department. The division is responsible for the following:
"Identifying and removing trees with Dutch elm disease or oak wilt.
"Sponsoring the Annual Arbor Day celebration.
"Sponsoring annual Spring Park Cleanup.
"Enforcing the City's tall grass/weed ordinance
"Enforcing state/county noxious weed requirements.
"Work with City Environmental Coordinator to monitor private native grass/flower plantings
"Investigating, overseeing and resolving city/private boundary interface conflicts.
"Forestry and natural resources related consultations.
"Managing the City's conservation areas, which includes oak savanna, remnant prairie, remnant "Big Woods" forests and the riparian zones along creek and river watersheds.
The City Parks and Recreation Department has on Staff, Jeff Cordes--Forestry Technician:
He holds the following certifications:
International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist.
Minnesota Certified Tree Inspector.
EAB First Detector trained.
Implementation details: The City Of Grand Rapids currently have two certified tree inspectors on is also a member of International society of Arboriculture..Kelly Morris Mn. Dept. of Natural Resources Certified Tree inspector.#20064920 Kelly Morris International Society of Arboriculture #MN-4041A
Jim Columbus Mn. Dept of Natural Resources Certified Tree Inspector #20073056
Implementation details: Mankato maintains two staff members which have MN Certified Tree Inspector status. One staff member (Natural Resources Specialist) is also an ISA-Certified Arborist.
The Natural Resources Specialist has designed and written an Emerald Ash Borer Preparedness Plan, which is in the review process but not yet formally adopted.
City staff monitors USDA Hardiness Zones to ensure Mankato has not been classified as a warmer climate zone. Once official records reflect Mankato as a warmer climate zone, the City will actively begin planting tree species which are only hardy to zone 5.
The City also looks for new tree species on annual basis which can be tried and evaluated in the Mankato area.
Implementation details: The city's public works department has two staff members certified as well as a consultant forester and we work directly with a community organization thats primary goal is to protect the city's trees and to keep the city green.
Implementation details: Our Tree Board in conjunction with the U of M completed a survey of all trees in Royalton and established a gravel bed nursery to provide trees for the community. Two of the board members are MN Certified Tree Inspectors and monitor emerald ash borer activity in the city.
Outcome measures/metrics: The tree survey helped identify trees that were possibly infected with emerald ash borer, and
Implementation details: Saint Paul Foresty has employees who work on outreach to increase tree planting in neighborhoods, especially where canaopy has been deficient. Examples are efforts working with the community of Frog Town, "Tree Frogs" to increase tree planting on private property.
Implementation details: The City of Fergus Falls has an active Master Gardner’s group and also a Beautiful Fergus Falls Committee with a wide variety of expertise in horticulture and native plants. We also have two certified foresters on our Park, Recreation and Forestry staff.