Ash bo­rer beetle se­mi­nar to­mor­row night

Sainte-Anne re­si­dents in­vi­ted to at­tend joint ef­fort fight

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On the agen­da

A ti­ny beetle cau­sing a huge pro­blem in ash trees in Mon­treal and beyond will be the sub­ject of a free se­mi­nar ta­king place to­mor­row in Bea­cons­field. The event is al­so open to re­si­dents of Sainte-Anne-de-Bel­le­vue.

The se­mi­nar, tit­led: Slo­wing the Eme­rald Ash Bo­rer: a joint ef­fort! will be held at 7 p.m. on Thurs­day, April 24 at Bea­cons­field High School, lo­ca­ted at 250, Beau­re­paire Dr in Bea­cons­field. An­tho­ny Da­niel, a parks and green space plan­ning ad­vi­sor for the Ci­ty of Mon­tréal, will lead the talk des­cri­bed as ‘an im­por­tant pu­blic awa­re­ness cam­pai­gn in or­der to slow the pro­gres­sion of the in­sect on the is­land of Mon­tréal.’

Par­ti­ci­pants at­ten­ding the talk will be taught to re­co­gnize the si­gns and symp­toms of an eme­rald ash bo­rer beetle in­fes­ta­tion, and will learn what treat­ment op­tions are avai­lable for an in­fes­ted ash tree on their pro­per­ty.

Meanw­hile Sainte-Anne-de-Bel­le­vue of­fi­cials say they are de­ve­lo­ping their own ac­tion plan against the eme­rald ash bo­rer in an ef­fort to slow the in­sect’s spread. One such ac­tion will in­clude de­ve­lo­ping an in­ten­sive mo­ni­to­ring pro­gram to take place this sum­mer of all ash trees on pu­blic lands.

And Sainte-Anne-de-Bel­le­vue re­si­dents who feel they may have an in­fes­ted ash tree on their pro­per­ty are al­so en­cou­ra­ged to call the town’s Sus­tai­na­bi­li­ty and En­vi­ron­ment De­part­ment at 514 457-6887 in or­der to make an ap­point­ment. The ci­ty hor­ti­cul­tu­rist will help people iden­ti­fy and eva­luate the pro­blem.

Epi­de­mic pro­blem

The eme­rald ash bo­rer, a ti­ny green beetle that could wipe out up to 20-percent of Mon­treal’s es­ti­ma­ted 250,000 pu­bli­cly ow­ned ash trees, ac­cor­ding to an ar­ticle in the Mon­treal Ga­zette, is be­lie­ved to have been brought in­to North Ame­ri­ca in 2002.

Since then it has killed mil­lions of ash trees across Ca­na­da and the U.S.

Ash trees, of­ten plan­ted in ur­ban areas be­cause of their adap­ta­bi­li­ty, are more than pret­ty sources of shade. BioFo­rest Tech­no­lo­gies Inc. says the trees ‘pro­vide sub­stan­tial eco­no­mic and eco­sys­tem be­ne­fits to tax­payers, ran­ging from in­crea­sed pro­per­ty va­lue, to storm wa­ter mi­ti­ga­tion, to de­crea­sed ener­gy de­mands.’

Trees that be­come in­fec­ted with the ti­ny beetle ge­ne­ral­ly die wi­thin one to four years.

PHOTOTHÈQUE

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