Forestry / Natural Resources

Forestry-Natural ResourcesThe City of Lino Lakes is fortunate to be home to an abundance of natural resources. These resources are regarded as an amenity to residents and essential to the attraction, aesthetics, and quality of life offered by the community. The abundant wetlands and lakes, forested uplands, restored prairie areas, and other natural areas support a wide diversity of wildlife and plant communities. The City of Lino Lakes is committed to the preservation and effective management of these resources as the city grows.

The U.S. Forest Service Tree Owner's Manual provides excellent information on planting, pruning, and general tree maintenance.


Looking for the city's guidelines for landscaping? Questions about your boulevard tree? Problems with Buckthorn? The city has answers to your landscaping questions.

  1. Boulevard Trees
  2. Buckthorn
  3. City Landscaping Guidelines & Specifications (PDF)

Boulevard Trees

The City plants boulevard trees in all new residential developments. A diversity of trees is selected to avoid problems with insects and disease. Trees help shade streets to create cooler neighborhoods and create a visual softening of the landscape as you drive down the street.

Rare Plant CommunitiesRare Plant Communities

Large areas of Lino Lakes are covered by the Anoka Sand Plain. The sandplain is a large sand deposit from the last glacial period. Due to their unique characteristics, many wetland areas and the surrounding upland within the sandplain create a natural environment conducive to hosting rare plant communities. Lino Lakes is fortunate to be home to many of these areas. The City attempts to preserve and restore these rare plant areas.

Tree DiseaseTree Disease

Some species of trees are prone to disease from insects or invasive species. Residents may experience problems with Oak Wilt, Dutch Elm Disease, and in the future, Emerald Ash Borer. The City offers tips to care for ailing trees. If you are concerned about insects or fungi problems with your tree, please contact the City’s Environmental Coordinator.

  1. Dutch Elm Disease
  2. Emerald Ash Borer
  3. Japanese Beetle
  4. Oak Wilt

Dutch Elm Disease

Dutch Elm Disease is caused by an aggressive fungus that is transmitted by two species of bark beetles or by root grafting. The fungus can kill the tree within weeks of the initial infection. The recommended control method is to remove the tree and have it chipped, burned, or landfilled.