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Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has been confirmed in Hastings

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MNDA) has confirmed the presence of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) in Hastings. Two separate confirmations have been made within the last week and a half, according to a Friday press release from the City of Hastings.

A resident riding a bicycle on the trails near Lock and Dam Road found an adult EAB that had landed on his person. That specimen was brought to the Parks and Recreation office, and then sent to the MNDA for analysis. The analysis confirmed the specimen as EAB.

In the second instance, a resident of East Hastings contacted the MNDA to inspect five ash trees located on private property. On July 19, 2016, the MNDA examined the trees and confirmed the presence of EAB in five ash trees and suspect infestation of a few trees in the vicinity. Staff with the MNDA contacted the Parks and Recreation Department and the city forester to report their findings.

The MNDA has advised city staff that they will return during the winter months to complete a more thorough survey of ash trees in Hastings. The winter months allow for better examination of the tree when the foliage has dropped.

The Hastings Parks and Recreation staff continue to survey ash trees (and others) within city parks, on public property and within the public right of way for signs of disease and for hazardous conditions. The city forester will inspect private trees upon request from the property owner. Staff have also been working on a comprehensive inventory of all trees within city parks, on public property and within the public right of way.

Residents and property owners are encouraged to contact the city forester or a reputable tree service company if they suspect a tree of any variety is diseased, declining in health or is hazardous. The forester or tree service employee will be able to identify if a problem exists and recommend remedies. City Forester Paul Mahoney can be reached at 651-480-6177.

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