It was only a matter of time, now its official. Dakota County is under an emergency Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine. The first discovery of the Emerald Ash Borer Beetle in Dakota County was made in December 2014 in the City of Eagan in the Lebanon Hills Regional Park.
As of now the Quarantine for Dakota County is in “Emergency” status. However, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture is expected to announce a formal Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine near the end of April 2015. Dakota County now joins Hennepin, Houston, Olmsted, Ramsey, and Winona Counties under quarantine due to the Emerald Ash Borer Beetle.
The above Counties under Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine prohibit residents from moving ash trees, ash tree limbs, and firewood out of the county from which it originated. Those caught in violation of the Quarantine can expect to face stiff financial and criminal penalties.
Public Meeting for Dakota County Residents Regarding Emerald Ash Borer
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the City of Eagan are offering the residents of Dakota County the opportunity to have their questions answered through a Emerald Ash Borer public meeting. The meeting will take place Thursday, March 5, 2015 from 6:00 – 7:30 PM at the Eagan Municipal Center. This will be an jammed pack information session that will be highly beneficial to Dakota County residents regarding Emerald Ash Borer and the various Emerald Ash Borer Treatment options.
I would highly recommend attending this information session if:
- you are a Dakota County resident
- you have an Ash Tree you wish to save from this devastating pest
- you would like more information regarding Emerald Ash Borer
Since the arrival of Emerald Ash Borer in St. Paul, the spread has been methodical and continuous throughout the Twin Cities. This public meeting is a pro active approach to Emerald Ash Borer education and the various treatment options. As with most tree diseases and tree pests a pro active approach, especially with Emerald Ash Borer treatment, is the best way to ensure your trees survival.
For more information regarding the Dakota County Public Meeting on Emerald Ash Borer, contact either the Minnesota Department of Agriculture or the City of Eagan via their official websites.
As always, we at Sweet Leaf Tree Service are here to answer any of your questions and to help develop an effective Emerald Ash Borer Treatment strategy that best fits your needs.
Mark your calendar now; March 5, 2015 at the Eagan Municipal Center for a informative meeting on Emerald Ash Borer and local plans to deal with this devastating pest.