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Cambridge Getting Ready to Tackle Emerald Ash Borer

The Cambridge city council held a work session to deal with Emerald Ash Borer in the city limits at their March 1st meeting.

EAB is a serious invasive tree pest that attacks ash trees and can spread through short flight distances or transportation of infested firewood.

Serious infected areas are placed under quarantine and forbid the transportation of infected ash wood. Isanti County is not currently quarantined but Anoka and Chisago County are with the potential for the state to enter the quarantine completely.

Cambridge has roughly 111 ash trees in the city limits and options were presented for treatment from injections to remove and replace.

A sample section of 20 trees near City Hall and down 3rd Avenue NW was assessed and was estimated to cost around $1,500 every 3 years for injections, $5,500 to remove or $10,000 to replace.

The council agreed that the spread was worth tackling and will reach out to a local company for estimated costs.

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