The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has confirmed the presence of the Emerald Ash Borer in Goodhue County. The MDA released a press statement on March 2nd, 2017, informing the public that samples taken on Barn Bluff in Red Wing tested positive for EAB and that all of Goodhue County was subsequently placed under an emergency quarantine for firewood and ash materials. Read the full press release here.
There will be public meeting held on Tuesday, March 21st, 2017, at 6 pm in the Foot Room of the Red Wing Public Library to address the arrival of the Emerald Ash Borer, subsequent quarantine, and what residents can do to protect their trees. Representatives from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, the University of Minnesota Extension Office, and Red Wing Public Works will be present to offer information, discuss what options are available to combat these destructive intruders, and examine the possible impact for Red Wing.
Additionally, Oriental Bittersweet, another invasive species that has made its way into Goodhue County, will also be discussed. Identification techniques to tell the difference between American Bittersweet, a native plant, and the invasive Oriental variety will be presented by the U of MN and eradication techniques will be discussed.