The City of Maple Grove has been preparing for the arrival of EAB for several years. In 2013, the city established a Tree Inventory Program as the foresight to the potential problems our urban forest could possibly come to expect from invasive pests, not just the Emerald Ash Borer. Through this program, numerous volunteers have donated hundreds of hours to identifying and inventorying the types, sizes, and conditions of more than 30,000 trees on residential and business properties. In 2015, city staff began working on a management plan to minimize the spread of EAB once it was discovered in neighboring cities. In 2016, the city adopted the Emerald Ash Borer Management Plan that established guidelines to minimize the effects of EAB by treating or removing infested trees. In 2017, the City Council adopted an amended Shade Tree Ordinance that addresses the mitigation of EAB.
The City of Maple Grove will continue to educate residents about EAB and what it will do to a community. The city newsletter, website (maplegrovemn.gov), social media (Facebook/Twitter), and letters to residents are the primary communication pieces for outreach.
City staff will also continue to work with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, attend forum discussions on EAB, and work with neighboring communities to make sure that the EAB Management Plan being implemented makes sense for the city and its residents.