Ongoing action plan necessary to manage Emerald Ash Borer infestation

Wednesday, July 07, 2010 – for immediate release

Ongoing action plan necessary to manage Emerald Ash Borer infestation

Oakville’s Parks and Open Space staff presented an update report at last night’s Community Services Committee (CSC) meeting outlining the potential devastation the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) will have on Oakville if more aggressive preventative measures are not taken this year.

“Timing is critical as 2010 has been deemed the tipping point with EAB populations poised to enter a significant growth phase,” said Chris Mark, director of Parks and Open Space. “With new technological advances we helped develop, we have the potential to lead the municipal effort in detection and management of EAB.”

Recommendations approved by CSC included $447,000 in funding reallocations to finance the EAB Work Plan; increased lobbying efforts to other levels of government requesting financial support for the management of EAB; increased lobbying efforts to the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) encouraging full registration of TreeAzin (a bioinsecticide to manage the spread of EAB) and further investigation of alternative EAB pest management products; and increased lobbying efforts to the Canadian Forest Service, Ministry of Natural Resources, and Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) encouraging investigation and funding of alternative treatment/tools and options for EAB management.

To date, the Town of Oakville has ceased new planting of ash trees; enhanced communication to the public; applied TreeAzin treatments to street and park ash trees; launched an EAB trapping project;  implemented canopy conservation by under planting new species of trees in areas dominated by ash trees; and undertaken a tree inventory project. 

“Oakville is the first municipality in Canada to complete an early warning detection project,” explained Mark. “It holds great promise for EAB management because it detects the increase in insect populations several years earlier than the current CFIA method.”

Residents can also help by following the CFIA ministerial order prohibiting the movement of firewood of all tree species and ash tree products into or outside the Region of Halton, and by watching for EAB and contacting the CFIA if any are spotted. The beetle can be identified by its shiny emerald appearance. A full description is available on the Forestry web page. For additional information visit the CFIA website or call 1-866-463-6017.

The recommendations of Oakville’s 2010 EAB Work Plan will be considered by Council on July 12, 2010 for approval.  To view the EAB report visit the agendas and minutes web page and click the July 6 CSC agenda.

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For more information contact:

Chris Mark
Director, Parks and Open Space
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3111
cmark@oakville.ca

Janine Ivings
Senior Communications Advisor
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3005
jivings@oakville.ca


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