Natural Resources

Ramsey is home to some wonderfual natural resources, including the Mississippi River, Rum River, Trott Brook, myriad wetlands, woodlands, and other open spaces.  Through recent public engagement for the City's Comprehensive Plan, residents have identified natural resources and open spaces as a key feature of the City, which also help maintain the rural character of the community.  In recognizing the importance of natural resources to residents and the benefits provided by these natural resources, the Community Development Department employs a City Planner to assist individual property owners and neighborhood groups with access to technical information, ordinances, best practices, and other resources related to ecological health and natural resource management. This position also coordinates the shade tree disease management and Tree City USA programs for the City as well.  The City Planner also serves as the staff liaison to the Environmental Policy Board, which is an advisory board for the City Council.

Natural Resources Inventory

In past community surveys, the residents of Ramsey have identified the preservation of natural areas and open space as a priority.  In an attempt to better understand the quantity and quality of natural areas, the City of Ramsey completed a Natural Resources Inventory (NRI) to identify and evaluate natural areas within the community.  The information gathered through this inventory can help achieve the community's goal of preserving natural areas and open space.  A detailed report and accompanying map of natural areas were prepared in 2007 as part of the NRI process and can be access by clicking on the links below.

Natural Resources Inventory Report

Natural Resources Inventory Map

Tree City USA

Trees provide an array of environmental benefits, but also provide social and economic benefits as well. A few examples include reduced stormwater runoff, moderation of temperatures, increase property values and contribute to personal and community health. In recognition of the many benefits associated with trees, Ramsey strives to manage and foster the growth of our community forest, which is a vital natural resource. As a result, Ramsey qualifies as a Tree City USA.

Tree City USA is a national program that recognizes communities that are taking specific actions to properly manage its community forest. There are four (4) core standards that must be met to be recognized as a Tree City USA. The standards were designed by the Arbor Day Foundation to ensure that a qualifiying community had a viable community forest management plan and program. The standards are: (1) Establish/maintain a Tree Board or Department (Ramsey has an Environmental Policy Board that satisfies this requirement), (2) A tree care ordinance (Ramsey has a Tree Preservation Ordinance), (3) A community forestry program with an annual budget of at least $2.00 per capita (through a combination of tree maintenance activities such as trimming, planting, and removals, landscape requirements, plan reviews, and shade tree disease management, Ramsey generally far exceeds this standard), and (4) an Arbor Day observance and proclamation (annually, the City Council adopts a resolution to recognize and observe Arbor Day and the City coordinates a tree planting event in honor of Arbor Day).

Ramsey has now been recognized as a Tree City USA for 26 consecutive years! While that is a great achievement, there is still room for improvement. City Staff and the Environmental Policy Board will continue with efforts to properly manage this vital resource and look for areas for improvement.

Tree Information

Anthracnose Oak Wilt
Bronze Birch Borer How to Prune Trees
Bur Oak Blight Ramsey Tree Book 
Dutch Elm Disease Tree Owner's Manual
What's Wrong with My Plant (online resource to assist with identifying the cause of certain tree/shrub problems)
Common Problems with Spruce Trees
Common Oak Diseases

Oak Wilt Risk Status


Invasive Species

Invasive species are those species that are non-native AND are likely to cause environmental or economic harm or harm to human health. Most often, invasive species are introduced into new locations by human actions. Unfortunately, Ramsey has not been able to escape the introduction of various invasive species. View more information on invasive species in Ramsey.

Water Conservation Tool Box

Focus on Environment Article Archive


Helpful Links

Anoka Conservation District Minnesota DNR
Arbor Day Foundation Pesticide Factsheets
Bugwood Tick and Tick-Borne Disease Information
Dutch Elm Disease Elm Cultivars MNSTAC
Forest Pests Plant Disease Diagnostics
Insect and Disease Publications Property Lines and Trees
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Anoka Conservation District Brochures
Minnesota Native Plant Society

Contact Information
Chris Anderson
City Planner

Visit the Environmental Policy Board (EPB) page.