Last year we blogged about the Emerald Ash Borer in our community and had a huge concern from our readers. This year we wanted to follow up and see how the situation is currently, and what you need to know as a home owner.
As you may know, this insect infects the Ash tree. To give you a number, in Barrie we have approximately 180,000 ash trees in public forests, and 500,000 ash trees in private forests. That's a lot of trees that the City of Barrie has to monitor.
The City of Barrie has projected a 15 year strategy to control the infestation and save our trees.
Here is where we are at within the strategy.
In 2012 Phase 1 was set up to discover which areas were infected. Followed by systematic removal of infested trees and replacements.
In 2014 traps were set up in neighbourhood Ash trees. You may have seen rectangular green paper objects hanging from trees. This helps the city workers identify the degree of infestation in urban areas.
In 2015 Phase 2 began with some treatment of Ash trees, and/or removal depending on the severity.
Again. this is an ongoing program that will not be fixed overnight. What you can do as a home owner is monitor your trees, and alert the City of Barrie if you notice any damage to your trees.