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It might. All species of ash (Fraxinus sp.) are susceptible to EAB and none have any natural resistance. There are over 2,000 ash trees in City rights-of-way and some 200+ in developed parks. Ash represents 25% of the total tree population in some areas of the city. In addition, ash is one of the most common tree covers in the bottomlands along the Cannon and Mississippi rivers, on the bluffs and in agricultural areas.
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To help prevent the spread of EAB, avoid cutting down an unhealthy ash tree May to August unless the wood will be chipped at the site. You can take wood to the compost site on Bench Street during open hours. Ash trees make good firewood and it’s safe to cut and store uncovered if it came from a healthy tree. If the tree was sick, plan to cover and seal the pile while it seasons to prevent the spread of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB).
Many kinds of trees grow well in Red Wing including varieties of maple, linden, hackberry, honeylocust, and others. To learn about trees recommended for southeast Minnesota, visit Natural Resources.