Tree Disease Control Program
Dutch Elm Disease (DED) and Oak Wilt are an immediate threat to Hopkins’ trees. We now face a new threat as Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has been found in several Hopkins neighborhoods and surrounding communities.
In an effort to fight and control the spread of these diseases, the City has taken steps to expand its tree disease control program. Assistance will be offered to property owners in detecting, removing and replacing trees with DED, Oak Wilt and EAB.
Over the next few months, the Forestry Department, in partnership with a local contractor, will be inspecting public and private trees in Hopkins for diseases and/or damage. Trees in front yards and right-of-ways will be checked beginning in mid-late July. Checks of entire properties will be conducted in September.
If unable to enter a backyard or a tree on your property is marked, information will be left at your door. Call 952-548-6379 with questions.
A Forester is available to offer assistance to residents in the detection of suspected diseased trees. For information or to report suspicious trees, call 952-939-1382.
Your Diseased Tree
Once a tree is confirmed as having DED, Oak Wilt or EAB Disease, it must be removed within 20 days of receiving notice. Diseased trees must be cut down to the ground line in order to control the spread of the disease.
If the City tags one of your private trees for removal due to disease, you will be provided with the following information:
- Diseased Tree Removal Information (PDF)
- What you need to know about removing the tree as well as information needed to prepare the tree for pick-up by the City.
- Diseased Tree Removal Disposition (Green Card) (PDF)
- Information about the tree that needs to be removed which must be completed and returned to the City as soon as your tree removal plans are made.
- Tree Pruning Near Power Lines (PDF) (Energy brochure)
- Dutch Elm Disease (PDF) (Minnesota Department of Agriculture brochure)
- Oak Wilt (PDF) (Minnesota Department of Agriculture brochure)
The homeowner should take competitive bids for tree removal services. The competitive bid process ensures owners that they are receiving reliable services at the lowest possible cost. Please call Public Works at 952-939-1382 for the most current tree contractor list. The City does not license tree contractors. Always ask to see a copy of the contractor’s bonding and insurance.
If the homeowner fails to take any tree removal actions, the City will contract to remove and dispose of the diseased tree. The owner will be billed for the entire portion of the removal cost. Homeowners wishing to make their own tree removal arrangements must notify the City Forestry Department of their removal plans prior to actual tree removal. A diseased tree removal disposition card should be returned to ensure that the City receives all of the information required for your diseased tree removal.
Diseased Tree Disposal Assistance
To help property owners defray the cost of the disposal of a diseased tree, the City will pick up and dispose of your diseased tree. Preparation instructions are included in the Diseased Tree Removal Information (PDF). These arrangements must be confirmed in advance by calling the Forestry Department at 952-939-1382.
Reforestation: Replacement Trees Available
Trees are a priceless asset to your property, neighborhood and community. Residents are urged to maintain and plant trees, especially those lost due to Dutch Elm Disease, Oak Wilt or Emerald Ash Borer. To encourage a community-wide reforestation effort, the City plants trees for homeowners on boulevards and other City property (some restrictions apply). The City purchases these trees each year at quantity discount prices.
Trees include Crab Apple, Elm, Hackberry, Honey Locust, Ironwood, Japanese Lilac, Kentucky Coffee, Linden, Maacki, Maple and Swamp White Oak. Tree availability may vary.
If you have lost trees to DED, Oak Wilt or EAB or desire a new tree on your boulevard, call the Forestry Department at 952-939-1382. Final discretion on boulevard trees is up to the Forestry Department.
Trees are also available from your local tree nurseries/farms.