green, white, and black
ash trees statewide
fully or partially
community trees are ash
(some cities up to 60%)
mortality when infested with
Emerald Ash Borer
What is Minnesota's Plan?
Minnesota is rich in ash resources with 8% of our forests made up of this at-risk species. With infestations of the emerald ash borer (EAB) expanding into northeastern Minnesota, now is the time for a cross-sector Minnesota approach. By applying research and implementing a proactive plan in our communities, we can strategically reduce the financial, environmental, health, and hydrological impacts to our state. This site is a working platform to collect and disseminate information in advance of a stakeholder convening on EAB in Minnesota.

Research, Guidelines, & Resources

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.

January 2008 Forest Protection Plan developed by the Minnesota Department of Administration’s multiple stakeholder Forest Protection Plan Task Force available here.

2010 report to the MN Legislature with recommendations on all forest pests, administration considerations, and priorities can be found here.

Grant Opportunities

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.

Additional Resources

Quarterly update from the State of Minnesota on EAB including chronology of infestation, current quarantine and outreach, and approaches. Most recent update is from November 2, 2017.

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.

Rochester has been one of the leading communities in managing EAB. Their community plan can be found here.

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.

Raw data in Microsoft Access for the 2010 DNR Rapid Assessment Tree Survey. Data can be downloaded 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.

Did you know there is an online EAB University?

Check out webinars that explore the basics to advanced management topics. Content is offered by the Emerald Ash Borer Information Network. Click here to learn more.