Like many cities, green ash trees (Fraxinus pennsylvanica) make up too much of Fridley's urban forest. Approximately one of every five trees on city streets and in parks is a green ash. This statistic is particularly troubling because of the emerald ash borer (EAB), a destructive insect that has been decimating Minnesota ash trees since it was first found in St. Paul in 2009. Since then, EAB has continued to spread throughout the state and has been found in Shoreview and Arden Hills. Because of this, it is likely that EAB will be found in Fridley in the near future.
We are preparing for its arrival by updating the city tree inventory to record the current size and health of all street and park trees.