Yes. Emerald Ash Borer was confirmed in Fridley on May, 2019. Since then outbreaks have been found throughout the city.
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If your tree service does not remove the ash material, you can dispose of the tree at a yard waste site such as the Bunker Hills Compost Site. Ash tree wood can be used as firewood in your backyard, provided that you comply with Fridley's fire safety regulations. Leaves cannot be burned in a backyard firepit. Ash tree wood cannot be transported outside of the EAB quarantine zone.
As part of our contract to treat public ash trees, Rainbow Treecare is offering Fridley residents discounted pricing on the treatment of private ash trees in the City. The City also offers discounted replacement trees through our annual tree sale. The City does not offer any cost share options on tree removal.
Yes, untreated infested trees have to be removed or treated or they will become a safety hazard. If you see a tree that appears infested or hazardous, let us know by reporting a tree concern or calling 763-572-3566. Under City Code Chapter 104. the city forester will prescribe whether the tree can be treated or should be removed. If the tree is not removed within the timeline established by the letter, the tree will be abated and costs assessed to the property owner.