Town of Oakville hosts Emerald Ash Borer Drop-in Open House March 31

Friday, March 09, 2012 – for immediate release

Town of Oakville hosts Emerald Ash Borer Drop-in Open House March 31

Learn how you can help manage the insect that’s threatening Oakville’s ash tree canopy

Time magazine has placed the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) on its Top10 List of Evil Animals. This invasive pest knows no boundaries and is working hard to destroy Oakville’s ash tree population. If you want to learn about treatment options and find out how you can join the community battle against EAB, come to the Town of Oakville’s EAB Drop-in Open House on Saturday, March 31 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Pine Room at Oakville Arena.

This interactive open house will educate residents about the town’s proposed EAB Strategic Management Plan, teach participants how to identify ash trees and recognize signs of EAB infestation as well as demonstrate the town’s current science-based approach for managing EAB.

Oakville is proud to be leading the municipal effort against EAB with one of the most aggressive Ash Tree Treatment Programs in Canada. The program includes treatment for nearly 6,000 street and park trees. With 180,000 private and public ash trees at risk, the town was the first municipality in Canada to complete an early warning detection project that accurately maps EAB in Oakville.

“Given that 80 per cent of Oakville’s treatable ash trees are located on private property, we encourage residents and businesses to take action now to protect their trees and prevent the spread,” said John McNeil, manager of Forestry Services. “This open house will give residents the tools and know-how on what they can do to help.”

How does EAB strike?

The metallic, green-coloured beetle destroys an ash tree’s vascular system by tunnelling its way underneath the bark and killing it within several years if left untreated.

Want to do more?

Join the Oakville Canopy Club, an innovative community outreach program that encourages residents to save Oakville’s tree canopy from the threat of EAB. You can also follow the Canopy Club on Facebook and Twitter.

For more information visit the EAB page.

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For more information

John McNeil, RPF
Manager, Forestry Services
905-845-6601, ext. 3395
jmcneil@oakville.ca

Colin Briscoe, ISA Certified Arborist #ON-1038 T
EAB Seasonal Lead Hand
905-845-6601, ext.3467
cbriscoe@oakville.ca


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