Ash tree deaths ‘un­der con­trol’ now, city says

Montreal Gazette - - CITY -

The city of Mon­treal said its ash­borer beetle preven­tion ef­forts bore fruit in 2016, bring­ing the death of ash trees “un­der con­trol,” and al­low­ing the city to avoid the “mas­sive, ex­po­nen­tial die-off ” ex­pe­ri­enced in other cities. Nearly 27,500 tees were treated with the pes­ti­cide TreeAzin in 2016. An­other 37,000 are slated for treat­ment in 2017. All dead ash trees in at-risk zones were re­placed in 2016, which lim­its the re­pro­duc­tion of the ash-borer beetle, part of the city’s ap­proach to con­trol the ash trees’ deaths and slowly re­place them over time.

The city of Mon­treal spent $12 mil­lion to plant 16,143 trees on pub­lic mu­nic­i­pal lands in 2016 as part of its canopy bol­ster­ing pro­gram, and an­other 13,000 trees were planted on non-mu­nic­i­pal prop­erty. For 2017, the city is plan­ning to plant an­other 24,500 trees.

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