Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • U of M website helps communities prepare for emerald ash borer

  • Crookston home to many ash trees.

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  •     Recognizing the need to prepare communities for the arrival of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), the University of Minnesota’s Department of Forest Resources has assembled a project team. The project team has three tasks: research, community outreach and a website. 
        Working with model communities throughout the state, the team has helped them assess their urban forest resource and have helped them take steps to prepare them for the potential loss of ash trees.
        Crookston is home to hundreds of ash trees.
        The website contains information on EAB and a network of companies that will each play their role in dealing with ash trees, whether it is tree care, wood utilization, compost sites, firewood vendors or biomass facilities. 
        The website is designed to be the first place community residents will turn to when they have questions, such as “Who do I call to remove my tree? Can I save my tree with chemical treatments?  Where should I dispose my infested wood?” 
        The project team’s goal is to have a one-stop website containing all wood and tree related service providers in Minnesota. Any company offering any of these services is encouraged to register and become part of this statewide effort. 
        If you are a resident who needs help with their trees or has questions about EAB or if you’re a company wanting to be listed in the directory, visit  www.mntreesource.com.