State of Minnesota Reports
Plan developed to minimize the impact of the emerald ash borer on Minnesota’s urban and rural forests, economy, citizens, natural resources through planning, education, prevention, early detection, rapid response, management, and restoration. 2008 version is available here.
2010 report to the MN Legislature with recommendations on all forest pests, administration considerations, and priorities can be found here.
The Minnesota Lake Superior Coastal program is a voluntary state-federal partnership with a goal to “preserve, protect, and where possible, restore or enhance coastal resources along Minnesota’s North Shore of Lake Superior.” Annual grant applications for projects between $10,000 and $100,000 are accepted through December 12, 2016 and Short Term Action Requests (STAR) grants for $2,500 to $7,500 are due three times per year with the next deadline of January 3, 2017. Learn more at the MN Coastal Program Website.
The Conservation Legacy Partners Grant Program has three different grant opportunities, each with their own cycle. The Metro program is open to the 7 metro counties and projects within the city limits of Duluth, Rochester, and St. Cloud. The Traditional program is available to all areas not covered by the metro program. Grants range from $5,000 to $400,000 with a 10% non-state match requirement and project cap of $575,000. Certain activities may qualify for a Expedited Conservation Project (ECP) grant from $5,000 to $50,000. Deadlines for round 2 of the Metro grant is January 27th and ECP is January 13th, 2017. Learn more here.
The Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council (LSOHC) is charged with making annual recommendations to the Minnesota Legislature for appropriations from the Outdoor Heritage Fund (OHF). The council currently estimates approximately $100 million will be available for appropriation recommendations from the OHF in fiscal year 2018 (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018). This estimate may be revised after November, 2016. The Call for Funding Request is open to all who want to apply but has passed for FY 2018 funding. The next cycle should be announced in the spring. Learn more here.
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture site includes background information as well as outreach materials for residents, communities, and tree care professionals. Current quarantine information as well as best management practices (BMPs) for EAB infested areas are also available on the MDA website.
The City of Duluth and the southeastern corner of St. Louis County are under an emergency quarantine after EAB was found after the July windstorm. Duluth’s draft management plan (awaiting City Council approval) and outreach materials can be found here.
A 2010 study that was “designed to develop, implement, and evaluate an integrated strategy to delay the onset and progression of ash mortality in outlier sites that are relatively isolated from major EAB infestations.” Research results can help inform management strategies. SLAM: A Multi-Agency Pilot Project to Sl.ow A.sh M.ortality Caused by Emerald Ash Borer in Outlier Sites.
July 25 – 27, 2017
Duluth, MN, USA
The Inn on Lake Superior
The emerald ash borer (EAB), first detected in 2002 in North America, is rapidly spreading throughout the United States and Canada, targeting all native ash species. The loss of ash will have important economic, social, and ecological impacts, especially in areas where ash is the dominant canopy species, such as wetlands and riparian areas. This workshop is offered to help prepare for and mitigate the anticipated challenges.
Join managers, land owners, and researchers for presentations, field tours, and posters aimed at the expected changes from the loss of ash and management options for resilient ecosystems. Topics will include silvicultural approaches, options for species transition, hydrologic changes, plant community response, biogeochemistry, and more!
Learn more about the workshop and submit an abstract by going to www.ashworkshop.org.