December 15, 2017

Goodhue County residents invited to public meeting concerning emerald ash borer

Public can also weigh in on adoption of a formal quarantine of Goodhue County

Residents of Goodhue County are invited to a public meeting on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 regarding the discovery of emerald ash borer (EAB) in the county.

On March 2, 2017, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) confirmed EAB larvae that was discovered in an ash tree in the city of Red Wing by MDA staff.

Those attending the upcoming meeting will have an opportunity to listen to presentations on EAB, hear about local options to deal with the insect, and learn how residents can limit the spread of the bug. Experts from the MDA, University of Minnesota, and other state and federal partner agencies will be available to answer questions.

Emerald Ash Borer Informational Meeting
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Red Wing Public Library
Foot Room
225 East Avenue
Red Wing, MN 55066

The public will also have an opportunity to provide input on the adoption of a formal EAB quarantine of Goodhue County. An emergency quarantine was placed on the area when EAB was discovered. The MDA will take comments on the formal quarantine through April 17, 2017 and proposes to adopt the quarantine on May 1, 2017. The quarantine limits the movement of ash trees and limbs, and hardwood firewood out of the county. The proposed quarantine language can be found atwww.mda.state.mn.us/eab. Comments can be made at the public meetings or by contacting:

Kimberly Thielen Cremers
Minnesota Department of Agriculture
625 Robert Street North
St. Paul, MN 55155
kimberly.tcremers@state.mn.us
Fax: 651-201-6108

Emerald ash borer larvae kill ash trees by tunneling under the bark and feeding on the part of the tree that moves nutrients up and down the trunk. Minnesota is highly susceptible to the destruction caused by invasive insect. The state has approximately one billion ash trees, the most of any state in the nation. For more information on emerald ash borer, go to www.mda.state.mn.us/eab.