Ash borer beetle seminar tomorrow night
Sainte-Anne residents invited to attend joint effort fight
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.
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.