The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is an invasive pest that has already killed tens of millions of ash trees in the United States. It recently has been found in several Minnesota counties, including Hennepin County. It is only a matter of time before it will arrive in Wayzata.
The Wayzata Public Works Department is in the process of implementing the City's EAB damage mitigation strategy and are in need of volunteers to update census of ash trees on public property. Due to limited city staff, local volunteers are needed to assist in conducting this information-gathering process.
A team consisting of our staff and several local tree experts will train volunteers. The volunteers will be provided a diameter measuring tape, high visibility traffic vests and other equipment. For those with smartphones or tablets, a data collection application may be available for downloading to conduct the census data (paper forms will also be available).
Volunteers will be required to fill out an application, agree to a background check and sign a liability waiver. Volunteers will work in teams of two or three, during a time that works for each team member. Each team will be assigned an area and will gather the following data, per tree:
Location – the location of the individual trees in relation to their surroundings (ex. permanent structures, other trees and private landscaping, etc…) will help the decision making process
Species – determining the type of ash tree will help potential treatment determinations
Condition – the condition of the tree on the date of this tree inventory inspection will help determine potential treatment options as well as current and future maintenance
It is our hope that the volunteers will enjoy their experience, gain some useful skills and develop a better understanding of the importance of our urban forest to our community.
Anyone interested in volunteering in this initiative should contact the Public Works Secretary at 952-404-5363 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.