The Emerald ash borer (EAB) is a non-native, invasive, insect that kills ash trees. In Eagan, trees are a top priority because a beautiful healthy tree canopy is part of what makes Eagan special. Community feedback continually tells us that you place a strong value on protecting and preserving our green spaces.

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Cities across the region continue the battle against Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) — and we are no different.

Unfortunately, this isn’t a battle we can win. The infestation of Eagan ash trees is advancing rapidly. In the next five to six years, the Eagan Forestry Team and Public Works Team will have to remove more than 2,000 ash trees — at least twelve to fifteen percent of the tree canopy located in public spaces, parks, and street rights-of-way.

City Forester Adam Schnaible shared, “We know that we have to remove ash trees quickly and limit the danger posed by EAB-infested ash trees.  Dead and dying ash trees can be hazardous.  Falling tree limbs and branches could cause property damage or personal injury.  In partnership with residents, we hope that ash trees are replaced with more sustainable and less vulnerable trees to preserve our robust and beautiful urban forest canopy.”

What the City of Eagan Forestry Team is Doing

In 2023, we continue our seven-year plan to proactively remove EAB-infested and susceptible ash trees from public spaces, parks, and boulevard/right-of-way areas to maintain public safety. The Emerald Ash Borer Emergency Management plan provides relief from the hazards of rapidly declining ash trees by assessing tree conditions, identifying hazards, and scheduling trees for removal and restoration.  Residents with impacted trees are notified of the pending removals, and trees marked for removal are identified with a yellow ribbon.  

What Residents Should Do

We encourage residents to begin proactive management of ash trees on private property. Residents should:

Do not move firewood or infested tree debris!

The City of Eagan and Dakota County are located within the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, EAB, quarantine area, which prohibits the movement of all ash logs, lumber, waste, chips, mulch, firewood, etc., beyond quarantine borders. Residents are strongly encouraged to hire a licensed tree care contractor to ensure the proper disposal of all ash debris.  See the link for details regarding the quarantine area Minnesota Department of Agriculture.  For additional information,

Additional Resources:

Emerald Ash Borer

Minnesota Department of Agriculture

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Wisconsin EAB Info Source

University of Minnesota


 Questions about Emerald Ash Borer? Contact the City of Eagan, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at (651) 675-5300.