Have you seen them?

Maple Grove conducts tree inventories

Have you seen the volunteers with the bright safety vests in your neighborhood inventorying trees? There are about 70 trained volunteers conducting inventory of the city’s trees…but there are approximately 23, 000 residential lots in Maple Grove. So residents can see why the city still need lots more volunteers.

Volunteers are being trained to inventory trees around the city of Maple Grove. The city trying to get a handle on emerald ash borer before it reaches the city.

Volunteers are being trained to inventory trees around the city of Maple Grove. The city trying to get a handle on emerald ash borer before it reaches the city.

It’s fun and gives people the chance to meet other volunteers, get fresh air, exercise and meet people who live in Maple Grove. Volunteers can learn lots about trees and the health of trees. People do not need be a resident of Maple Grove to volunteer. So call the neighbors, call friends, call the family….get together and volunteer today.

The emerald ash borer (EAB), an invasive pest that has already killed millions of ash trees in the northeastern United States, has made its way to a number of Minnesota counties, including Hennepin County. Though it has not yet been sighted in Maple Grove, it is only a matter of time when it will be.

In order to get a handle on what economic and environmental impacts the bug will have when it does reach Maple Grove, the city needs to know how many trees, potentially, it could affect.

That is why the city is undertaking a project to inventory all residential and business boulevard and front yard trees in Maple Grove. To do this we need volunteers. Why not fill out a volunteer application and background check form today and get started?

Volunteers will work in teams of three and will work out a time schedule with their teammates to inventory their assigned section(s) of Maple Grove. All training and equipment will be provided.

If anyone would like to volunteer for this very important project, give Frank Kampel a call at 763-494-6365 or email him at fkampel@maplegrovemn.gov

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