The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has confirmed the first emerald ash borer (EAB) infested tree in La Crescent.
In August 2011, MDA found an emerald ash borer adult on a purple detection trap in La Crescent's Veterans Park, but at that time no infested trees could be found. MDA staff worked with the city to continue surveys and recently discovered two EAB infested trees near the center of the city.
The City of La Crescent will host an informal open house on January 16th from 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. at City Hal to inform people about the EAB and implications for residents with ash trees on their property.
Citizens will have the opportunity to ask questions of city officials and emerald ash borer experts and learn about management options for infested trees.
The city is developing an ordinance for managing trees on private property and will give a brief review of possible ordinance outcomes.