Emerald Ash Borer Prevention Protocol
The spread of the emerald ash borer (EAB) throughout Ontario has been widely publicized by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forests through website materials and information signage of major roadways. Many municipalities have also developed policies or operating protocols to deal with this issue. The City of Kawartha Lakes, through the Community Services Department (CSD), has developed a set of best practices to help prevent or mitigate the spread of the EAB throughout the City. While these best practices are currently being adopted by the CSD in managing the issue, they have not been formally adopted as a Council policy.
The CSD has been the predominantly working to address this issue. Below is a synopsis of the initiatives and best practices being employed by the CSD.
- The ash trees in Lindsay parks have been inventoried.
- City staff have participated in EAB awareness and training.
- EAB monitoring traps were placed around the entire City this year and monitored to track movement. The EAB has been detected and confirmed in two additional locations Memorial Park and Oakwood as well as the original site in proximity to Balsam Lake.
- The arborists monitor ash trees throughout the City for presence of the pest and schedule removals has required.
- The CSD works closely with Fleming and as such has been able to participate in a street tree inventory program for Lindsay. The work has concluded that our urban street tree canopy contains approximately 4% ash species. This inventory provides us with valuable data to determine future needs.
- We are 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.
- We have 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.
- We have investigated the value versus cost of treatment of ash species.
- A business case has been assembled for the procurement of an aerial forestry truck to aid with future removals of ash trees throughout the City.
- We have provided information about EAB for public awareness on the City’s website.
The Development Services Department, through its Planning and Engineering Divisions, also has some involvement in this matter from a development approvals perspective. Any subdivision or site plan development that proposes landscaping on their property are not permitted to plant ash trees as part of their landscaping requirements to avoid having the need for future tree removal from the development. The CSD also reviews the landscaping plans and would provide supportive comments in this regard.
For further information on this matter, please contact Ryan Smith, Parks and Open Spaces Supervisor, at 705-324-9411 ext. 1176 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.