Oakville continues its fight against the Emerald Ash Borer in town woodlots

Monday, October 15, 2012 – for immediate release

Oakville continues its fight against the Emerald Ash Borer in town woodlots

Town to temporarily close six woodlots over the next few months for public safety

Residents gathered on Saturday in Winston Woods Park to learn more about the town’s fight against the Emerald Ash Borer and to witness the effects of the infestation on Oakville’s ash canopy. Forestry staff from the Town of Oakville led residents through interactive information stations and highlighted which woodlots would be temporarily closed this fall/winter for the removal of dead and dying ash trees to slow the spread of EAB and keep them safe for public enjoyment.

“Oakville has the most aggressive EAB work plan in the country. Over the past two years, we have treated over 5,700 ash trees located on town streets and parks to save them from the threat of EAB. However, we do have public ash trees that are so heavily infested that they cannot be saved. Many of those dead and dying ash trees must be removed this fall to conserve our woodlots and ensure public safety,” said John McNeil, manager, Forestry Services.

Six woodlots in Oakville have been identified for temporary closure over the next few months to remove dead and dying ash trees destroyed by EAB. Perkins Passage Park and Winston Woods Park are the first two scheduled for temporary closure on November 1, subject to weather and ground conditions. Oakville Woods, Sheridan Valley Park, Morrison Valley South and Cornwall Road Sports Park will close around mid-November. No parks should be closed for more than two weeks.

In addition to learning about the EAB and the town’s strategy to combat the infestation, residents also observed authentic horse logging in the woods. In some woodlots bringing in conventional logging machinery will not be possible and traditional horse logging will be necessary.

“Interacting with residents at sessions such as the one today allows us to involve them and talk about why and how we are managing invasive species like EAB,” added McNeil.

Residents can support the town’s efforts by joining the Oakville Canopy Club, a community outreach program that encourages residents to save Oakville’s tree canopy. The club includes a Facebook page, Twitter account, dedicated email address and web pages.

For more information please visit the Emerald Ash Borer page.

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Media contacts:

John McNeil
Manager, Forestry Services
Parks and Open Space
905-845-6601 ext. 3395
jmcneil@oakville.ca

Emma Murphy
Senior Communications Advisor
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601 ext. 3096
emurphy@oakville.ca


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Oakville continues its fight against the Emerald Ash Borer in town woodlots