DNR Offering Grants to Deal With EAB

DNR Offering Grants to Deal With EAB Click to Enlarge Photo: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

(KNSI) - A state agency is making money available to combat a pest that's killing trees in Stearns County and across Minnesota.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has grant money available to help communities dealing with emerald ash borer and manage city-owned ash trees.

Emerald ash borer is an invasive beetle that kills ash trees. The pest was found near Sauk Centre in March.

To date, EAB has been discovered in 20 Minnesota counties.

Grants can help pay for tree inventories, management plans, ash removal, and tree planting.

Eligibility criteria and pre-application forms are available on the DNR's EAB grant website.

Pre-applications are required and will determine which proposals advance to the final application process.

Pre-applications must be emailed to ucf.dnr@state.mn.us by midnight on Friday, October 4th.

On average, 20 percent of community trees in Minnesota are ash, according to an estimate from a 2010 DNR survey.

Minnesota communities are at risk of losing 2.65 million public and privately-owned ash trees to EAB.

The estimated cost to remove and replace a single city-owned ash tree is $1,000.

The loss of 2.65 million ash trees also presents environmental concerns for communities.

It will result in an additional 1.7 billion gallons of water annually entering already stressed stormwater systems across Minnesota.

To see where EAB has been found in Minnesota, click here.

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