Several Como ash trees have been marked for removal by the city’s Ash Canopy Replacement Plan, whose aim is to stay ahead of the city’s Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) infestation. EAB is a non-native, emerald-colored bug that bores through Ash trees, cutting off circulation and eventually killing the tree. It is anticipated that the state could lose all of its ash trees within 5 to 8 years. Como was impacted early in the state’s infestation, and recently the insect has been also found in Bloomington and Houston, MN. Minneapolis Forestry is focusing efforts near known infested areas now in order to make replanting in the same locations possible next spring. There are a short-term pesticides available that protect ash from EAB, however, they can only be applied by licensed tree professionals, and are suspected to be detrimental to pollinators and other wildlife.