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  1. What is Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)?
  2. What are we doing to manage eab?
  3. What can you do?
  4. How to Identify EAB?

Emerald Ash Borer

What is Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)?

The Emerald ash borer (EAB) is a non-native, invasive, insect that kills ash trees. In New Brighton, trees are a top priority because a beautiful healthy urban tree canopy is part of what makes New Brighton special. New Brighton has been a Tree City for 40+ years and community feedback continually tells us that you place a strong value on protecting and preserving our green spaces.

Cities across the region continue the battle against Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) — and we are no different.

This is not a battle we can win. The infestation of New Brighton ash trees is advancing rapidly. In the next five to six years, the New Brighton Forestry Team will have to remove more than twelve to fifteen percent of the tree canopy located in public spaces, parks, and street rights-of-way.

The History of EAB in New Brighton

Since 2010 the City of New Brighton has treated boulevard and selected park ash trees for emerald ash borers (EAB) following the recommended treatment guidelines.

In November of 2013, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture confirmed the discovery of ash trees infested with EAB on residential property in the City of New Brighton. Because EAB is a serious invasive pest, a quarantine was placed on Ramsey County to slow the spread of EAB to other areas.

The City took preventive steps to establish criteria for contractors treating EAB. The criteria ensure residents receive services from a competent contractor at a fair price. Contractors need to be in business for at least 5 years and agree to charge no more than $6.50 per diameter inch per tree (with a $100 minimum charge).

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The City of New Brighton offers a complimentary tree for residents to place along roads and right-of-way of their property. No sidewalk is necessary.

There are several requirements in order to be approved for receiving a boulevard tree, most importantly:

  • Any requested boulevard tree location must pass inspection by the City Arborist to ensure there is adequate space.
  • Watering and minor pruning are to be done by the underlying property owner (the city will provide a 20-gallon watering bag).
  • Unless approved by the City Forester, boulevard trees are currently limited to one per household.

Large Size Trees (Grows over 50 Feet)Request a Tree Opens in new window

  • Espresso Kentucky Coffeetree
  • Northern Red Oak
  • Cathedral Elm
  • Exclamation Planetree
  • Accolade Elm
  • White Oak 
  • Northern Acclaim Honeylocust
  • Heritage Birch
  • Quaking Aspen
  • American Sentry Linden

Medium Size Tree (Grows Less Than 50 Feet)

  • Autumn Gold Ginko
  • Redbud MN Strain
  • Early Glow Buckeye
  • Autumn Splendor Buckeye
  • Renaissance Oasis Birch

Small Size Tree (Grows Less Than 30 Feet Tall)

  • Crimson Cloud Hawthorn
  • Princess Kay Plum
  • Ironwood
  • Maakia Amurensis
  • Cumulus Serviceberry
  • Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry
  • Blue Beech
  • Nannyberry Tree
  • Alder
  • Dwarf Korean Lilac
  • Japanese Lilac
  • Amber Jubilee Ninebark