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Summary of Proposed Projects for Forest Protection Reserve Grants - February 16, 2010


Incident Response Grants

City of St. Paul ($722,600)

Project Objectives:

  1. Aggressively combat the spread of emerald ash borer (EAB) currently in Saint Paul through prompt, rapid and effective management strategies of Detection and Mitigation, including sanitation and possible pesticide use, thus reducing the threat to the rest of the region and state.
  2. Complete the street tree inventory using already purchased software program to better understand the number and location of ash trees for better EAB management and restoration activities.
  3. Pro-actively reduce existing ash trees through "structured removal" by removing close to 2.5% of declining boulevard ash trees annually (up to 1100 trees). Doing so reduces phloem for EAB and helps spread out costs of EAB response over more years.
  4. Restore the urban forest lost to EAB by replanting a new tree from a more diverse palette of species for every ash tree removed. Doing so returns the benefits and habitat trees provide.
  5. Continue communication and outreach with the public and other stakeholders on the issue of EAB through local media contacts, Parks & Recreation's public information officer, web site, neighborhood contacts, face-to-face meetings, and events.

Summary of Actions:

  • Remove up to 1,100 ash trees and perform site restoration
  • Plant up to 1,100 trees to replace those removed
  • Complete city street tree inventory that has already started
  • Review city ordinance for diseased trees
  • Establish 20 “sink trees” to decrease pest population in infested areas
  • Remove 7 previously established “sink trees”
  • Conduct public outreach/education (though media contacts, Parks & Recreation’s public information officer, web site, neighborhood contacts, face to face meetings, events)
  • Issue removal orders to private property owners with infested trees

University of Minnesota ($200,000)

Project Objectives:

  1. Slow spread of EAB
  2. Diversify tree inventory
  3. Improve data gathering capabilities for more cost effective, long term management
  4. Add to the State’s collective knowledge in treating and recovering from EAB infestation
  5. Protect public’s investment in the University

Summary of Actions:

  • Remove 15-20% of their ash trees
  • Replant trees to help increase tree diversity
  • Treat 360 ash trees with insecticide
  • Complete the tree inventory that they already started
  • Create a “tree layer” for their GIS system, which permits more accurate tracking of tree information
  • Share plans with public via webpage

City of Falcon Heights ($77,400)

Project Objectives:

  1. Eliminate our ash tree population, reduce food source for EAB larvae/phloem reduction, slow the spread of EAB.
  2. Spread out removal and replanting expenses over a seven year period to mitigate costly expenditures in one budget cycle.
  3. Begin replanting new varieties and allow them to develop so that entire blocks are not replanted at the same time

Summary of Actions:

  • Remove 28% of city ash trees over two years and grind the stumps
  • Plant trees to replace those removed
  • Send mailings to residents

Planning and Preparedness Grants

Minneapolis Parks & Recreation Board ($98,400)

Project Objectives:

  1. Remove 300 to 400 Ash trees that are currently growing on public property within the City of Minneapolis.
  2. Grind 300 to 400 stumps that will result from the removal of public Ash trees so that new trees may be replanted.
  3. Plant 350 to 450 new trees of various species as replacements for the public Ash that are removed. 
  4. Partner with neighborhood organizations regarding the threat posed by EAB & the corresponding need for the FPR Program.

Summary of Actions:

  • Remove 300-400 ash trees and perform site restoration
  • Plant 350-450 trees to replace those removed
  • Conduct public outreach and education (partner with neighborhood organizations, MTAC, door hanger)

City of St. Louis Park ($89,800)

Project Objectives:

  1. Inventory all boulevard and (parks ash) trees
  2. Prioritize boulevard ash tree removals (based on ranked criteria for poor quality and/or most at-risk to least at-risk and affordable removal and replacement)
  3. Replant all removed boulevard and parks ash trees with new (native where possible) trees
  4. Create a comprehensive EAB Management Plan that includes prioritized ash identification, removals, replacement program, emphasizing native, diverse trees
  5. Educate SLP constituents on arboricultural best practices, to include but not limited to EAB management, native trees, proper planting methods and, invasive species.

Summary of Actions:

  • Remove 5% of ash population per year
  • Plant 1 tree at a minimum for each removed 
  • Conduct an inventory of city trees
  • Create an EAB Management Plan
  • Conduct public outreach and education (public relations campaign, posters, pamphlets, winter and spring workshops, mini-EAB workshop, video production, web articles, newsletter, door hangers, power point presentations, postcards, signage for tree processing site)

City of Eagan ($89,000)

Project Objectives:

  1. Distribute inevitable costs associated with massive ash tree death over a manageable time period
  2. Provide EAB education to city staff, commissions and council (Eagan decision makers), and to the general public
  3. Conduct systematic removal of prioritized ash trees located in boulevards and parks
  4. Provide protective pesticide treatment to high quality ash trees in boulevards and parks
  5. Implement canopy replacement through installation of select deciduous tree species in boulevards and parks

Summary of Actions:

  • Remove more than 100 ash trees and perform site restoration
  • Plant 135 trees to replace those removed
  • Treat 20 trees with insecticide
  • Initiate the recently adopted EAB Management Plan
  • Conduct public outreach and education (cable TV personnel, informational door hangers, written and video media about EAB plan)

City of New Hope ($87,300)

Project Objectives:

  1. Increase funding for the removal of Boulevard Ash trees and our tree replacement program.
  2. Adopt an EAB Emergency Preparedness Plan.
  3. Update Ordinances to include trees infested with the EAB.
  4. Update our current Boulevard Street Tree Inventory and include Inventory of Trees on Public lands including the city’s park system.
  5. Educate residents about the EAB and the city’s program through mailings, web site and public meetings.

Summary of Actions:

  • Removal of ash trees
  • Plant trees to replace those removed
  • Update city tree inventory
  • Adopt the EAB Emergency Preparedness Plan that has already been drafted
  • Revise Shade Tree Ordinance to include EAB and other forest pests
  • Conduct public outreach and education (mailings, websites, public meetings, public mailings, farmers market, national night out, city functions, display kiosk, posters, pamphlets)

City of Cottage Grove ($75,000)

Project Objectives:

  1. Preservation, Protection and Management of the Urban and Rural Forest
  2. Public EAB and Urban Forestry Outreach and Education
  3. Complete inventory of both Urban and Rural Forest
  4. Ash Tree Removal and Replacement Plan

Summary of Actions:

  • Inspect declining ash trees
  • Remove 50 ash trees and grind the stumps
  • Plant 50 trees to replace those removed
  • Complete city tree inventory already in progress
  • Implement an EAB management plan which has already been drafted
  • Update city ordinance to include EAB
  • Assist MDA in placement and monitoring of 10 purple traps.
  • Sample ash trees removed to monitor for EAB
  • Establish and sample trap trees to monitor for EAB
  • Public outreach and education (presentations to city council and public works, direct mailings, neighborhood mailings, city newsletters, website, facebook, local cable shows, city events, newspapers, public meetings and outreach events, flyers, brochures)

City of Minnetonka ($75,000)

Project Objectives:

  1. Determine the number of ash trees on city owned properties and parks and calculate relative tree species diversity. This objective would be met by conducting a tree inventory in the maintained areas of city owned properties and parks.
  2. Improve tracking of ash tree/stump removals and planting spaces. This objective would be met by purchasing a new GIS based data management program to analyze tree inventory data, and generate work orders to remove ash in declining condition.
  3. Educate residents about EAB, best management practices to protect water quality, and the city's plans. This objective will be met by publishing a fact sheet, two color pull out pages in the city's newsletter, and hosting at least two open houses.
  4. Begin scouting for declining ash trees on city-owned properties with structures. This objective will be met by hiring an additional new tree inspector so that 40 hours per week are spent scouting for declining ash, coordinating stump removal and replanting efforts, working on tree inventory, and resident education.
  5. Start ash phloem reduction program: remove 50 declining ash trees/stumps per year and replace with 50 new trees of varying species. 

Summary of Actions:

  • Scout and mark declining ash trees
  • Remove 50 ash trees per year and restore the site
  • Plant 50 trees per year to replace those removed
  • Start city tree inventory and integrate data into new data management software
  • Complete EAB management plan
  • Public outreach and education (education campaign, fact sheets, newsletter, Minnetonka Memo, two open houses, electronic billboards)

City of Blaine ($71,200)

Project Objectives:

  1. Increase public awareness about EAB
  2. Identify and remove ash trees that are most susceptible to attack by EAB
  3. Properly dispose of or utilize the ash wood
  4. Replace the ash trees that are removed with a tree that is appropriate for the site
  5. Increase species diversity

Summary of Actions:

  • Inspect for stressed and at risk ash trees
  • Remove 150 ash trees and perform site restoration
  • Plant 150 trees to replace those removed
  • Public outreach and education (public awareness campaign, city newsletter, web page, official newspaper, local cable channel)

Regents of the University of Minnesota ($51,000)

Project Objectives:

  1. Create a CD of resources for communities to use in planning, managing and recovering from EAB infestations in the five regions of Greater Minnesota
  2. Provide trained outreach speakers that would address a) the origin and biology of EAB; b) firewood movement restrictions and wood chip specifications; c) chemical management options; d) reforestation
  3. Assist with the feasibility and development of regional "shared resources centers" that would include staging areas, wood utilization cooperatives, and shared equipment
  4. Development of a model protocol for contracting local nursery stock production for future reforestation
  5. Evaluate the effectiveness of the outreach (trained community preparedness volunteer presenters) and the technology transfer (distribution of the regional CDs)

Summary of Actions:

  • Public education and outreach through the following methods
  • Create CD of resources
  • Create outreach teams for each region
  • Train outreach speakers
  • Develop shared resource centers

East Central Energy ($50,000)

Project Objectives:

  1. Eliminate ash trees that have a high likelihood of being removed as hazard trees once EAB infestation occurs, thus limiting the use and potential distribution of infested wood which would establish new infestation centers.
  2. Relieve some of the resource burden associated with removal and sanitation efforts when future infestations occur.
  3. Provide assistance to cities, school districts, MNDOT and other local governments in identifying and planting suitable replacement trees to counteract the loss of ash trees within the landscape near utility lines.
  4.  Provide another means of early detection of EAB infestation through the use of certified arborists and first detectors in the selection process of target ash trees throughout the service territory.
  5. Educate and involve consumers in the prevention of EAB and the long-range solutions to the destructive impacts.

Summary of Actions:

  • Identify ash trees which would be considered dangerous/hazardous when infested with EAB.
  • Remove ash trees
  • Plant up to 250 trees
  • Public outreach and education (brochures, door hanger, radio advertising, newsletter)

City of Rochester ($50,000)

Project Objectives:

  1. Defray the future cost of removal of ash trees due to an anticipated EAB infestation
  2. Re-establish a diversity of species in parks and park lands where ash trees have been removed by replanting a diversity of trees.
  3. Remove identified small ash trees and ash trees in poor condition with major defects from boulevards, parks and park lands
  4. Boulevard trees will be replanted with trees selected from a variety of species included on the City of Rochester Boulevard Tree List
  5. Implement a community outreach and education program and organize volunteer efforts in coordination with RNeighborWoods

Summary of Actions:

  • Identify poor condition ash trees for removal
  • Remove 500 ash trees
  • Plant trees to replace those removed
  • Gain community activism, including >1500 volunteer hours of tree planting and education

City of Roseville ($50,000)

Project Objectives:

  1. Provide advice and education to the residents concerning private ash trees
  2. Complete the comprehensive public tree inventory that began in the summer of 2009
  3. Complete revisions to the comprehensive public Tree Master Plan and City Tree Ordinance
  4. Begin systematic removal of the poorest quality ash trees
  5. Begin reforestation of the urban forest immediately

Summary of Actions:

  • Remove 30 ash trees
  • Plant 30 trees to replace those removed
  • Complete tree inventory which has already begun
  • Finalize EAB preparedness plan
  • Rewrite city ordinance to include EAB
  • Public outreach and education (hold public information meeting)
  • Volunteer hours will be used on the inventory

City of Oakdale ($30,600)

Project Objectives:

  1. Reduce the ash population in maintained areas to minimize liability and to reduce EAB food sources and slow the spread of EAB.
  2. Replace ash with a diversity of trees and increase representation of desirable yet underutilized trees in Oakdale.
  3. Protect Oakdale's highest condition, highest value ash which are yielding the most environmental benefits.
  4. Provide EAB information and resources to homeowners to prepare them for the impacts of EAB.
  5. Extensively monitor for EAB to ensure the earliest possible detection and a rapid response to new EAB infestations.

Summary of Actions:

  • Remove 118 ash trees and perform site restoration
  • Plant 118 trees to replace those removed
  • Treat 101 trees with insecticides
  • Request purple traps for the city from MDA to monitor for EAB
  • Sample all ash trees removed for EAB
  • Establish 3 trap trees to monitor for EAB
  • Monitor in the canopy of ash trees for signs and symptoms of EAB
  • Public outreach and education (door hangers, brochures, city newsletter, public access channel, city webpage)

City of Red Wing ($28,000)

Project Objectives:

  1. Prepare and implement an EAB Preparedness Plan including update of tree ordinance
  2. Train staff and volunteers for implementing the EAB plan, and a public awareness campaign
  3. Identify a marshalling yard, develop beetle sinks, cooperate in setting traps
  4. Reduce ash phloem by removing 2.5% of ash from boulevards and in parks, and working with cooperators
  5. Replant alternate species in place of ash removed, and identify significant ash for future chemical treatment

Summary of Actions:

  • Remove 37 ash trees and grind the stumps
  • Plant 37 trees to replace those removed
  • Prepare and implement an EAB preparedness plan
  • Update diseased tree ordinance
  • Create EAB trap trees
  • Set EAB traps
  • Public outreach and education (public awareness campaign, presentations as necessary, distribute publications, social media websites[YouTube, Facebook, MySpace])
  • Identify and establish (if necessary) a marshalling yard

City of Oak Park Heights ($20,000)

Project Objectives:

  1. Remove 8.57% of ash on public property in structured removal to reduce EAB habitat and spread out costs.
  2. Choose trees to be removed on basis of condition, form and location
  3. Replant areas where ash are removed using a variety of native deciduous species or cultivated varieties of natives
  4. Educate staff and residents about EAB via city newsletter, televised commission/council meetings and seminar
  5. Work with residents to identify EAB on private property and make recommendations re: management to slow spread of EAB

Summary of Actions:

  • Inspect ash trees to be removed based on condition, form and placement.
  • Remove 60 ash trees and perform site restoration
  • Plant 60 trees to replace those removed
  • Public outreach and education (seminar, city newsletter, letters to residents, televised commission/council meetings)

Minnesota Logger Education Program ($9,700)

Project Objectives:

  1. Significantly expand the number of eyes in the woods on the lookout for EAB.
  2. Reduce the spread of EAB with an increased understanding of quarantine restrictions
  3. Facilitate EAB and forest management considerations around ash
  4. Provide easy access to EAB awareness and response resources - including online content

Summary of Actions:

  • Provide 3- ½ day workshops to loggers, forester and landowners in MN
  • Provide a written curriculum, PowerPoint presentation, handouts and other resources
  • Create an EAB identification manual
  • Provide online resources


Grant Recipients Grant Amount Requested Grant Amount Awarded
Incident Response Grant
City of Falcon Heights $77,398.00 $77,400.00
City of St. Paul, Parks & Rec, Forestry Div. $1,000,000.00 $722,600.00
University of Minnesota $354,432.84 $200,000.00
Planning and Preparedness Grant
City of Blaine $71,123.75 $71,200.00
City of Cottage Grove $100,000.00 $75,000.00
City of Eagan $88,991.25 $89,000.00
City of Minnetonka $99,799.80 $75,000.00
City of New Hope $87,279.00 $87,300.00
City of Oak Park Heights $34,911.00 $20,000.00
City of Oakdale $30,510.71 $30,600.00
City of Red Wing $55,580.00 $28,000.00
City of Rochester - Park & Rec Dept. $100,000.00 $50,000.00
City of Roseville $100,000.00 $50,000.00
City of St. Louis Park $100,000.00 $89,800.00
East Central Energy $97,500.00 $50,000.00
Minneapolis Park & Rec Board $98,395.03 $98,400.00
Minnesota Logger Education Program $9,803.50 $9,700.00
University of Minnesota $50,920.45 $51,000.00
Non-Grant Recipients
Austin Parks, Rec, & Forestry Dept. $33,900.00  
Carleton County SWCD $13,170.00  
City of Albert Lea $25,000.00  
City of Andover $20,000.00  
City of Brooklyn Park $56,827.38  
City of Burnsville $91,344.00  
City of Champlin $16,075.00  
City of Chanhassen $35,500.00  
City of Chatfield $15,648.60  
City of Circle Pines $52,025.00  
City of Coon Rapids $50,490.05  
City of Crystal $102,050.00  
City of Dellwood $10,000.00  
City of Elgin $151,643.00  
City of Eyota $42,449.00  
City of Falcon Heights $77,389.00  
City of Golden Valley $19,504.00  
City of Hastings $53,215.64  
City of Hibbing $15,519.30  
City of Lake City $48,987.50  
City of Lakeville $100,000.00  
City of Litchfield $97,500.00  
City of Mantorville $29,680.50  
City of Mapleton $33,689.00  
City of Maplewood $36,942.50  
City of Montevideo $36,055.00  
City of Monticello $100,000.00  
City of New Brighton $84,915.00  
City of North Oaks $56,800.00  
City of North St. Paul $42,000.00  
City of Northfield $48,234.00  
City of Pierz $14,852.60  
City of Plymouth $20,176.00  
City of Preston $31,286.09  
City of Princeton $47,751.00  
City of Prior Lake $99,400.00  
City of Ramsey $8,928.80  
City of Richfield $158,610.00  
City of Robbinsdale $86,160.00  
City of Rosemount $35,000.00  
City of Stewartville $25,945.00  
City of Stillwater $38,658.29  
City of Victoria $88,000.00  
City of Wadena $9,962.00  
City of West St. Paul $9,562.50  
City of White Bear Lake & White Bear Township $15,000.00  
City of Winona $100,000.00  
City of Worthington $2,496.50  
Faribault Parks & Rec Dept. $102,271.00  
Greater Blue Earth River Basin Alliance $97,700.00  
Hennepin County - Dept. of Environmental Serv. $100,000.00  
McLeod County $99,906.94  
Minnesota Dept. of Transportation, Metro Dist. $100,000.00  
Ramsey County $93,206.60  
Scott County $36,187.00  
Sherburne SWCD $50,919.80  
South St. Louis SWCD $52,200.00  
Washington County $64,900.00  
Totals Requested Awarded
  $5,742,278.92 $1,875,000.00

 

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