Emerald ash borer confirmed in Minneapolis

  • Updated: February 26, 2010 - 12:16 PM

The emerald ash borer has made its Minneapolis debut, state officials say, and the discovery has come in one of the city's more scenic locations.

On Thursday, the state Department of Agriculture confirmed four trees in Tower Hill Park -- home to the "Witch's Hat" water tower seen from state Hwy. 280 -- had been infested by the tiny green bug.

The ash borer's march into the Prospect Park neighborhood had been anticipated following its discovery last spring in the St. Anthony Park neighborhood in St. Paul.

Officials said earlier that they expected the insect already had spread to Minneapolis because it had been in St. Paul for three years and could fly two miles per year. Tower Hill Park is less than one mile from the St. Anthony Park neighborhood, according to a state Department of Agriculture news release.

A quarantine has been in place for the past nine months, restricting movement of ash into and out of Ramsey and Hennepin counties.

Plans call for removal of the infested trees in Tower Hill Park and a survey of ash trees in the surrounding area.

ANTHONY LONETREE

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