Con­fed­er­a­tion Park ash trees to be re­moved due to borer dam­age

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL -

Con­fed­er­a­tion Park will have 66 dead or dy­ing ash trees re­moved over the next sev­eral weeks as dev­as­ta­tion from the emer­ald ash borer con­tin­ues across the city.

More than 12,000 ash trees have been re­moved from city-owned prop­er­ties since 2012 with an­other 11,000 sched­uled to be re­moved over the next six years.

The trees in Con­fed­er­a­tion Park are be­side the Hamil­ton Wa­ter­front Trail — called the Breeze­way Trail in the park — and are all at least 80 per cent dead due to the ash borer in­fes­ta­tion, a state­ment from the city and Hamil­ton Con­ser­va­tion Au­thor­ity said.

The park is owned by the city but man­aged by the con­ser­va­tion au­thor­ity.

A spokesper­son for the city said there will still be nu­mer­ous ash trees re­main­ing in the park af­ter the cull — for now — but she could not say how many.

Each ash tree re­moved will be re­placed with a “new species of tree to help re­place and di­ver­sify Hamil­ton’s ur­ban for­est,” the state­ment said.

The ash borer, na­tive to China and east­ern Asia, has killed mil­lions of trees in the North Amer­ica. The in­sect is able to at­tack and kill all na­tive ash species.

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