The City of Mankato received a $65,000 grant from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to remove about 100 ash trees located on public boulevards under power and utility lines. In addition to safety, this work helps ensure the highest quality ash trees are preserved while slowing the spread and controlling the Emerald Ash Borer population throughout the region. Work is expected to begin this fall when the insect is not active, which aligns with the best management practices as recommended by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

Although the Emerald Ash Borer has not been discovered in Mankato, city staff continue to plan strategies to help manage it while balancing community impacts and ensuring a healthy and diverse urban forest for years to come.