The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has $2.4 million to provide grants to local units of government to assist in managing public ash trees for emerald ash borer (EAB). Funds can be used to treat, remove, and replant ash trees. Ash trees within 10 miles of a known EAB infestation can be treated with anon-neonicotinoid insecticide.
Even if emerald ash borer has not reached a community, now is the time to take advantage of grant funds to prepare for its arrival. This is why additional eligible activities includes: planting a diversity of trees, along with site preparation, mulch, water bags, staking material, and tree wrap or guards; hiring technical assistance; conducting a tree inventory; developing an EAB management plan; and engaging and educating the public using the help of Tree Trust and the University of Minnesota’s Tree Steward Program.
Priority will be given to projects that remove or replace ash trees which pose significant public safety concerns and benefit underserved and areas of concern for environmental justice.
Applicants can request a maximum of $150,000. No minimum request or match is required. All work must be done on public land.
Applications due by Mon., Jan.24, 2022.
Funding for this project was provided by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund as recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR).