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Residents are encouraged to help keep all trees in the community alive and healthy. The City of Owatonna does not have restrictions about cutting down trees on private property unless:
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Planting trees in the right-of-way (boulevard) is allowed by permit only. The permit can be obtained from the Public Works Department. The City of Owatonna has an list of boulevard trees that are approved, temporarily prohibited, and prohibited.
The City has the responsibility to verify that trees and landscape amenities in the Right-of-Way do not present a hazard to the public. City maintenance crews commonly perform tree trimming maintenance for trees located in the Right-of-Way. Please direct any questions or concerns to Public Works at 507-444-4350.
The only way to prevent your ash tree from becoming infested with EAB is to have it treated with an appropriate pesticide. However, this will need to be applied regularly every 1 to 3 years depending on the pesticide used. A better long term solution is to remove the tree and replace with an alternative species. Visit the EAB page for more information.
If you suspect you have found EAB please email the Arrest the Pest Hotline or call 888-545-6684.
Yes, however the Forestry Division manages the occurrence of Dutch Elm Disease on a limited as needed basis.