Residents of Stearns County are invited to an open house on Thursday, May 9, 2019, regarding the discovery of emerald ash borer (EAB) in the county.
On April 2, 2019, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) confirmed an EAB infestation in several trees in the city of Sauk Centre.
Those attending the upcoming open house will have an opportunity to learn more about EAB and local options to deal with the insect, and hear how residents can limit the spread of the bug. Experts from the MDA and other state and federal partner agencies will be available to answer questions.
The public will also have an opportunity to provide input on the adoption of a formal EAB quarantine of Stearns County. An emergency quarantine was placed on the area when EAB was discovered. The MDA will take comments on the formal quarantine through May 17, 2019, and proposes to adopt the quarantine on May 30, 2019. The quarantine limits the movement of ash trees and limbs, and hardwood firewood out of the county. The proposed quarantine language can be found here.