Town hosts Emerald Ash Borer information open house

Thursday, June 13, 2013 – for immediate release

Town hosts Emerald Ash Borer information open house

Thursday, June 20, 2012 – 7 to 9 p.m.
Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre
2302 Bridge Road

The Town of Oakville is hosting a drop-in open house to educate residents about the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), the invasive insect that is attacking Oakville’s tree canopy.

This metallic, green-coloured beetle has killed tens of millions of ash trees in North America by tunnelling its way into the bark, destroying the tree’s vascular system, and killing it within a few years when left untreated.

Approximately 2,500 healthy municipal ash trees on streets and in parks across Oakville are being injected with TreeAzin® over the summer in an attempt to protect them against infestation. Dead and high-risk trees are being removed from streets, parks and woodlands for public safety and to curb the spread of EAB.

With 80 per cent of Oakville’s ash trees located on private property, it’s important for residents to make an informed decision about the fate of their own ash trees.

Forestry staff will be on-site at the open house to provide information on the town’s EAB management plan and to answer residents’ questions.

For more information contact ServiceOakville at 905-845-6601, or visit the Emerald Ash Borer page.

For more information:

John McNeil, RPF
Manager, Forestry Services
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3395

Jill MacInnes
Communications Advisor, Forestry Services
Strategy, Policy and Communications
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3096

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Town hosts Emerald Ash Borer information open house