Emerald Ash Borer Management Project Areas
Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has been confirmed in the metro area, but not yet in Wayzata. While EAB has not been found in our community, Wayzata maintains a commitment to environmental stewardship and wishes to protect our community's trees to the best of our ability.
Research has determined that stressed trees could be attractive to EAB, so the city has decided to take the proactive step of removing stressed ash trees and replacing them with a variety of other species of trees.
The city has identified approximately 32 stressed boulevard trees on city right of ways that the city marked on Friday April 8 and will be removing them the week of April 25, 2016. By removing the trees we are attempting to deter an EAB infestation in Wayzata.
In the fall of 2016, volunteers and city staff will be planting replacement trees from the city's new gravel bed nursery. Where possible, the city will replace, at no cost to the property owners, the removed ash with a new tree. The species the city plants will be one of a diversity of species to ensure we avoid a monoculture of one tree species. The tree species we select for each planting site will be based upon a site conditions (like overhead wires, sunlight and nearby tree species) and property owner input.
A few weeks prior to planting, property owners whom have decided to accept a new boulevard tree to replace the removed tree will be notified that the new tree will be planted soon, along with directions for taking care of the new tree.
Citizen participation through this tree removal and replanting is a huge gesture to sustaining our healthy urban forest. Please contact Public Works with any questions or concerns. Thank you for your cooperation in this project.
Anyone interested in volunteering in the EAB tree replacement project should contact Public Works at 952-404-5360.
What is the City doing to address EAB?
Wayzata's Emerald Ash Borer Management Plan Update:
- Last spring, the City Council approved the building of a Gravel Bed Tree Nursery to grow bare root trees to replace Ash Trees rated for removal.
- Last year trained volunteers identified and rated over 400 Ash Trees on our City Right-of-Ways & City Grounds in Wayzata. Trees were identified from Excellent, Good, Fair, Poor, to Dead or Dying and marked on a map.
For 2016 the EAB management plan is to:
- In the Spring of 2016, plant 80 Bare Root Trees in the Gravel Bed Tree Nursery at Public Works.
- By the end of April, have the City's Tree Contractor remove 32 of the most poorly rated ash trees (see map).
- Week of April 11th, mail informational letters to the neighborhoods impacted by the removal of the poorly rated ash trees.
- In the Fall of 2016, plant the diversified stock of suitable bare root trees using volunteers and public works personal.
- Priority is to replant the areas where ash trees were removed when advisable to do so.
- Plant the remaining ash trees throughout the city as recommended by the Wayzata Parks & Trails Board.
For 2017, repeat the 2016 EAB Management Plan Projects again.