PRKDT Diseased Tree Removal

Project Details:

Project Start Date: January 1, 2022

Ongoing Program: Y

Submitting Department: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

Contact Person: Adam Arvidson

Level of Need: High

Estimated Project Completion Date: Ongoing

Department Priority: 15

Contact Phone Number: 612-230-6470


Project Location:

Address: Throughout city

City Sector: All

Affected Neighborhoods: All

Affected Wards: All

Project Description:

This project entails removal of diseased trees from private property, outside of public street right of ways and other public lands. Invasive pests such as Dutch Elm disease and Emerald Ash Borer can, and have, wiped out whole regions of certain species, and more pests are threatening our region. Prompt removal is one of the best methods of control by proactively preventing spread of a disease from an already infected host.

Purpose and Justification:

This project is an extremely important part of the tool box for controlling tree diseases, and protecting our urban forest. Trees are desirable for both practical and aesthetic reasons, and are a major and important part of the city’s urban infrastructure due to their many positive impacts on the environment and our community. Their primary benefits include: mitigating global warming by reducing Green House Gases, storing and sequestering carbon dioxide, improving air quality, removing pollution, increasing energy savings through shade and windbreaks, intercepting rainfall, providing stormwater rate control, and reducing pavement temperature and the heat island effect . The urban forest also provides wildlife habitat and social and psychological benefits to residents.

Trees also increase property values and contribute to crime reduction. Consumers are willing to pay more for products in business districts with trees. Diseased trees can be a serious safety threat once a tree transitions into a weakened state. Diseased trees may look safe on the exterior, but can easily fall over from even a slight force, such as wind or impact, causing severe damage and a threat to public safety.

Project Cost Breakdown

Department Funding Request

Department Funding Request


Have Grants for this Project been secured?

No grants are associated with this project

Describe status and timing details of secured or applied for grants or other non-City funding sources:

Not applicable

Describe any collaborative arrangements with outside project partners, including who they are and what their role is with the project:



State Law Chapter 462.356 (Subd. 2) requires review of all capital improvements for compliance with the comprehensive municipal plan. Chapter 13, Section 4 of the City Charter requires Location and Design Review for the purpose of approving the sale of bonds for these projects. Projects funded with these dollars are consistent with the following direction of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board comprehensive plan:

Vision Statement: Urban forests, natural areas, and waters that endure and captivate.

Goal: Sound management techniques provide healthy, diverse, and sustainable natural resources.

Relevant City of Minneapolis Comprehensive Plan Polices, from the Minneapolis 2040 Plan:

Policy 14 Tree Canopy and Urban Forest: Improve the tree canopy and urban forest. Especially applicable is Action Step 14a: Develop and implement strategies and quantifiable goals to increase the tree canopy including exploring an expansion of funding and incentives to plant and promote species diversity while retaining and protecting existing trees.

Provide the date that Location and Design Review was conducted for the project, the outcome of that analysis and the date formal action was taken by the Planning Commission:

Not applicable.

Economic Development

Will the project contribute to growth in the city’s tax base? No

Describe the economic development impact of the project:


Does the project support redevelopment opportunity that without the project would be infeasible?



Is the proposed project on an existing or planned transitway, transit route, or high-volume pedestrian corridor? If yes, provide details on how the project will improve the transit and/or pedestrian experience.


Does the proposed project anticipate multi-modal enhancements (sidewalks, bicycle or transit facilities)? Provide details.


Is the right-of-way constrained and do you anticipate that modes of travel will be competing for space? Provide details, is there potential for innovative design options? Provide details


Operating Impacts

Operations & Capital Asset Maintenance: None

Is this request for new or existing infrastructure? Existing

What is the expected useful life of the project/Improvement? Not applicable

Year that Operating Incr/(Decr) will take effect? Not applicable

What is the estimated annual operating cost increase or (decrease) for this project? Not applicable

Any Prior Year Remaining Bond Authorizations? No

Prior Year Remaining Bond Authorizations: $0

Describe how operating cost increases or decreases were determined and include details such as personnel costs, materials, contracts, energy savings, etc:

Not applicable

If new infrastructure, discuss how the department/agency will pay for the increased annual operating costs:

Not applicable

For new infrastructure, describe the estimated timing and dollar amount of future capital investment required to realize the full expected useful life of the project:

Not applicable

Project Coordination

Describe completion status for ongoing projects and how and when the department/agency plans to use the prior year remaining bond authorizations:

Not applicable

If this is a new project, describe the major project phases and timing anticipated for completing the project:

Ongoing: unspent balance will be applied to future years.

Scalability/Funding Allocation Flexibility – discuss any flexibility to increase or decrease funding among the years in the five-year plan and the most that could be spent in a given year:

This is an ongoing special assessment fund.

Minneapolis Goals and Strategic Direction

Minneapolis is a growing and vibrant world-class city with a flourishing economy and a pristine environment, where all people are safe, healthy and have equitable opportunities for success and happiness.Below is a description of how this project meets each of the City's Goals. Below is a description of how this project meets each of the City's Goals.

Below is a description of how this project meets each of the City's Goals.

Public Safety

Collaborative and community-inclusive strategies to ensure safety for all members of our community:

Removal of diseased trees on private property ensures safety by removing the threat of tree fall. In addition, eliminating diseased private trees protects public trees, which could be even less safe were they to fall in the public realm.


The City prioritizes equitable access to safe, stable, accessible, and affordable housing to eliminate racial disparities in housing:

Diseased tree removal is not specifically related to housing.

Economic Development

The City prioritizes economic inclusion so that all workers and families are supported and People of Color, Indigenous and Immigrant (POCII)-owned businesses in all sectors can thrive.

Diseased tree removal is not specifically related to economic development.

Public Services

The City prioritizes reliable and equitable access to high-quality public services.

The diseased tree removal fund allows home owners to pay off tree removal debt over time, thereby lessening the burden, while still protecting the public realm for all residents. This program is a high quality service with significant benefits to Minneapolitans.

Environmental Justice:

The City prioritizes sustainable practices and renewable resources to equitably address climate change while restoring and protecting our soil, water and air.

Climate change could exacerbate tree loss due to diseases and insects. This program allows the city and MPRB to stay ahead of threats and protect the urban forest, which provides significant environmental benefits to the city.

Built Environment & Transportation:

The City prioritizes high quality neighborhoods, streets, infrastructure and equitable access to multimodal transportation in all parts of the City through thoughtful planning and design.

The urban forest is a key feature of high quality neighborhoods and streets. Protecting it through the removal of diseased trees shows a commitment to neighborhood sustainability and quality.

Public Health:

The City Prioritizes positive youth development so that all children can grow healthy and safe:

The urban forest provides numerous public health benefits, including air quality improvement, reduction in the heat island effect, carbon sequestration, and stormwater management. Removal of diseased trees, which could spread pathogens or insects to healthy trees, is critical to the protection and preservation of the urban forest.

Arts and Culture:

The City prioritizes arts and culture as important part of inclusive economic development and placemaking in our communities:

Diseased tree removal is not specifically related to arts and culture.

Additional Information

No additional information provided.