Posted 6.4.14 @ 10:2 by: Staff

Oakville’s Mayor Burton recently announced that June 1-7 is Emerald Ash Awareness Week. The proclamation was made at Oakville’s Arbor Day Event which was held at the Sheridan Valley Park woodland. The park lost its Ash trees due to Emerald Ash Borer or EAB infestation and has been replaced by 200 new trees.

EAB Awareness - What is EAB or Emerald Ash Borer?

Emerald Ash Borer is an invasive insect which had killed millions of ash trees all over the US and Canada since it was discovered in North America in 2002. The insect is quite aggressive and therefore requires the proper treatment and removal protocol to save the infested tree and other ash trees which happens to be nearby.

EAB Awareness – Oakville’s Response

With the local ash trees in danger, the town of Oakville came up with Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week to encourage the town’s residents to be informed about the impact of EAB, know more about ash tree removal or treatment options, and take a hands-on approach to help save the town’s tree canopy.

Mayor Burton says, “Oakville is leading the way in EAB management” and adds, “We encourage residents to follow the town’s lead to treat or remove ash trees and plant new trees. By taking a proactive approach we can protect and enhance our tree canopy for future generations.”

New information and further details about Emerald Ash Borer’s spread is available at Oakville’s website. The details includes a map which illustrates the current EAB infestation level in Oakville, which in many areas of the town, is high to extreme.

The Oakville EAB Awareness Plan for Residents

John McNeil, Forestry Services’ manager says, “With 80 per cent of Oakville’s ash trees located on private property, it’s important for residents to make a decision now about the fate of their trees. Untreated ash on private property are dead or dying and becoming structurally unsound. Doing nothing is not a solution and puts public safety and property at risk”. All things said, it is clear that the town residents’ actions are crucial to help save the town’s ash trees.

The following recommendations were made by McNeil for the town’s residents:

  • Continuing the prescribed schedule is advised for those who have already begun treatment.
  • For those who are still considering whether to start the treatment program, checking the map if their area of residence is within the ‘moderate’ infestation zone is important as well as having a qualified arborist check if their trees qualifies for being treated.
  • Trees which are located in the ‘high’ and ‘extreme’ infestation zone is probably too infested to be treated and should be immediately removed by a qualified arborist. A tree from a different species may replace it.
  • Residents who wants to be a part of the EAB solution although they don’t have ash trees may plant new trees to help with the goal of conserving Oakville’s canopy.

EAB Awareness – More Actions

TreeAzin®, a bio-insecticide is being utilized to treat municipal ash trees. It is best administered in early June to the end of August, which is the time of the year adult EAB beetles emerges in Oakville. Treatment for 75% of the town’s public ash trees in parks and streets will be continued this summer with some of the trees having their 4th treatment since the town launched its strategy for EAB management in 2008. Trees which do not qualify for treatment will be removed from woodlands, parks and streets over the next few years to further ensure the safety of the public.

To know more about Oakville and its Canopy Club, you may click like on its Facebook page or follow @OakCanopyClub for EAB news, useful information and events announcements on Twitter.

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