Our urban forest cleans the air, shelters wildlife, catches water runoff, cools our homes, provides us with food and makes our city more beautiful. Protecting our urban forest is a challenge, with insects, disease and construction often killing more trees than we plant. A new threat is the emerald ash borer, an invasive beetle that kills ash trees, discovered in the city in 2010. With nothing proven to stop it, emerald ash borer is poised to destroy 22 percent of all trees in Minneapolis in short order.
- Maintain the city's 31% tree canopy level through 2015.
- Plant at least 6,000 trees annually on public land by 2015.
Recent City & Community Activities
- Provided 1,513 trees to city residents for planting in their own yards through the City Trees Program in partnership with Tree Trust, a local nonprofit. This included 110 cherry trees and 300 Honeycrisp apple trees.
- In 2012, 879 unhealthy and declining ash trees were removed and replaced from boulevards and parks through a Minnesota Department of Agriculture grant to help combat emerald ash borer. This was about the same number as were removed in 2011.
- Emerald Ash Borer confirmed infestations continued to expand in the metro area, including at the Fort Snelling golf course and Lakewood Cemetery.
- The May 22, 2011 tornado in North Minneapolis resulted in the removal of 2,600 trees on public property destroyed during the storm. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) planted 3,100 trees in North Minneapolis in 2012, and over 5,500 trees were planted citywide.
- In 2012, in response to the North Minneapolis tornado, and thanks to a grant from State Farm Insurance, Tree Trust staff and volunteers distributed over 900 trees (including 100 Honeycrisp apple trees) to North Minneapolis residents to plant on private property.
Last updated Mar. 13, 2013