EAB Management in Lakeville

What Is the City of Lakeville Doing to Manage EAB?""

After EAB was discovered in Lakeville in 2017, the City conducted a tree inventory of over 15,000 trees on public and private property to estimate the percent of ash trees in the community. Using this information, the Forestry Division assessed the potential impact of EAB on Lakeville’s forest in order to create an Emerald Ash Borer Management Plan (PDF). The intent of the plan was to outline the next steps the City will take to minimize the impact of EAB in an orderly and effective manner. The City Council passed the Shade Tree Epidemic Pest Control Ordinance to help mitigate the effects of epidemic-level tree pests and diseases.

Ash trees on public property like street boulevards in the City-owned right-of-way and in parks are being managed for EAB using a combination of activities. These include inspections and monitoring for the pest, preservation by injection, infested tree removal and proactive phased tree and stump removals. Replacement planting will occur in park areas and select boulevards only.

To preserve established trees that contribute to the community’s canopy, the City injects ash trees in parks and boulevards. Ash trees that are in good/fair condition and are greater than 10” in stem diameter are the prime candidates for injection.

Check out the City's interactive Ash Tree Injection map to see if your boulevard tree is being protected. Zoom in for more detail or click on the globe icon to enter an address. Each point on the map indicates a tree that is being injected by the City. If you think there is an ash tree in the boulevard near your property that merits protection, call 952-985-2726.