April 17, 2019

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.

Emerald Ash Borer Open House
Thursday, May 9, 2019
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Sauk Centre City Council Chambers
320 Oak Street South
Sauk Centre, MN 56378

The public will also have an opportunity to provide input on the proposal to add Stearns County to the state formal quarantine. An emergency quarantine was placed on the area when EAB was discovered. The MDA will take comments on the proposed 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.

Comments can be made at the open house 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 this invasive insect. The state has approximately one billion ash trees, the most of any state in the nation. More information on emerald ash borer can be found here.

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Media Contact

Allen Sommerfeld, MDA Communications
651-201-6185
allen.sommerfeld@state.mn.us