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Help stop invasive species - Don’t transport firewood

Tue Jun 12 13:46:49 CST 2018

The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is an invasive species beetle, originally from Asia, making its way across Canada. The beetle travels by hitching a ride on transported Ash wood. It was first detected in 2002 and has been found in Ontario, Quebec, Winnipeg and most recently New Brunswick.

Once the Emerald Ash Borer is confirmed in a community, 100 per cent of the Ash tree population is expected to be lost within 10 years. Ash trees are a valuable part of our urban forest. Our city has 62,000 Ash trees that make up 35 per cent of our total tree inventory. We need to work together to keep EAB out of Regina.

The City is taking proactive measures by not planting any more Ash trees on City property, as our urban forest then becomes less dependent on them in the future. Our Parks Department is setting up traps around the city to monitor for EAB in hopes of detecting it early and slowing the spread should it arrive in Regina. We are also working with the province and our sister cities to spread awareness of the insect and what people can do to help.

What can residents do?

Residents are strongly urged not to import firewood. Buy it local and burn it local.

Never purchase Ash wood or trees supplied by nurseries from provinces east of Saskatchewan or from the U.S. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has declared Winnipeg a quarantined zone and it is now illegal to transport Ash materials from Manitoba to Saskatchewan.

Symptoms to watch for:

  •  Branches appear to be dying or thinning out
  • Green shoots grow from the trunk (if the upper branches are thinned)
  • Bark on the tree trunk may be vertically splitting away from the wood
  • ‘D’ shaped exit holes may be visible

 For more information, visit Regina.ca/pests or the CFIA website at inspection.gc.ca/pests. If you think something is wrong with your Ash tree, call Service Regina at 306-777-7000 and a tree inspector will come look at it.