City Response

Briefly described below are some of the ways in which the City of Sioux Falls has proactively responded to the arrival of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). If you have further questions or ideas pertaining to any of these or new projects, please contact the Department of Parks & Recreation at: (605) 367-8222

EAB Work Group | One Sioux Falls:  Our urban forest reaches well beyond any single department, so a unified work group was created to plan for the impending effects of EAB as One Sioux Falls. The EAB Work Group provides input which drives the development of all EAB projects and plans. The work group is composed of representatives from City Finance, Parks & Recreation, Engineering, City Attorneys, GIS, Planning & Development, Sanitary Landfill, Mayor’s Office, Fire & Rescue, Streets, Public Health and Electric Light departments. External partners providing assistance include the South Dakota Department of Agriculture, SDSU Extension and the 211 Helpline Center.

Street Tree Removal Plan | Removing the Financial Burden:  Within the City of Sioux Falls 40 percent of our street trees are susceptible to attack from the EAB. Unless treated by the abutting property owner these trees will be removed, along with the stump, by the City of Sioux Falls at no cost to the abutting property owner. By removing ash trees from our streets we will create the room needed to re-plant a diverse urban forest to insure large scale, high impact, infestations like EAB will not happen again.

Street Tree Planting Permit | Driving Diversity, Growth & Sustainability:  City ordinance requires a street tree planting permit be issued prior to planting a new street tree. The free process provides the ability to monitor and recommend what species of trees are planted along City streets. This will increase diversity within the urban forest, prevent future epidemics as seen in the 70’s with Dutch Elm Disease or present day with EAB and plant a sustainable urban forest to compliment and encourage the rapid growth of Sioux Falls.

Sioux Falls RELEAf Project | Replanting in the Wake of EAB: Through the creation of the Sioux Falls RELEAF Project replanting the urban canopy lost to the EAB will be at a fraction of the cost. Trees are an important part of Sioux Falls’ landscape and ecosystem. They beautify our City, shade our homes, collect storm water and clean the air we all breathe. As we are now faced with replacing more than 25 percent of our urban forest, it is critical we work together to RELEAF Sioux Falls. To find out how you can help visit: Sioux Falls RELEAF PROJECT