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Kawartha Lakes continues to monitor spread of Emerald Ash Borer

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March 9, 2015 - KAWARTHA LAKES – As municipalities and land owners across southwestern Ontario continue to deal with the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), Kawartha Lakes has implemented a series of practices to help mitigate the infestation locally.

“We have taken a number of steps to help mitigate the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer and are currently working on a series of best practices to be adopted by Council,” explained Craig Shanks, Director of Community Services for Kawartha Lakes.

Among the steps taken to help better prepare the City to deal with the Emerald Ash Borer are:

  • The ash trees in Lindsay parks have been inventoried.
  • Staff have participated in EAB awareness and training.
  • EAB monitoring traps were placed around the entire City in 2014 and monitored to track movement. 
  • The arborists monitor ash trees throughout the City for presence of the pest and schedule removals has required.
  • The Community Services Department works closely with Fleming and as such has been able to participate in a street tree inventory program for Lindsay. 
  • The City is currently working with Fleming to initiate the inclusion of grant applications as a portion of the curriculum as well as providing outdoor education opportunities for students to observe and get some field experience.
  • City staff has identified parks and green space that contains predominately ash species and are working toward plans for inter-planting and replacement planting in preparation for the loss of these ash species.
  • Any replacement planting undertaken by the City has not included ash species for quite some time.

The Emerald Ash Borer is an invasive species of insect that kills ash trees threatening provincial forests, woodlots and municipal wooded areas.

Since monitoring began the Emerald Ash Borer has been detected and confirmed in Memorial Park in Lindsay as well as in Oakwood as well as the original site in proximity to Balsam Lake.

“The tree inventory work we have done with Fleming has indicated that our urban street tree canopy contains approximately 4 per cent ash species,” said Jenn Johnson, Manager of Parks, Recreation and Culture. “This information will better allow us to monitor those particular trees as well as look at the replacement of those as we move forward.

“We have witnessed the tremendous damage the Emerald Ash Borer has caused in other areas of the Province and we are continuing to monitor their movement locally and implement practices to help mitigate the spread of the insect throughout the City,” Ms. Johnson added.

Wendy Mortimer, Chair of the City’s Environmental Advisory Committee said the committee is pleased to see the City’s aggressive and proactive approach to addressing the EAB threat.

“We are reassured by the City’s response to the threat, and now the confirmed presence of the EAB, that the devastating loss of the City’s ash trees will be met with a vigorous program of tree-planting using other species,” she said.

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For more information please contact:

Jenn Johnson
Manager of Parks, Recreation & Culture
(705) 324-9411 Ext. 1350
jjohnson@city.kawarthalakes.on.ca

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