The emerald ash borer is a highly destructive insect that was discovered in Canada for the first time in the summer of 2002. This invasive insect has killed millions of ash trees in Canada and the United States. It poses a major economic and environmental threat to urban and forested areas in both countries.
The majority of the ash trees on NCC lands have been affected by the emerald ash borer. To address this, the NCC is implementing its emerald ash borer management strategy, approved by our Board of Directors in January 2014.
In the Greenbelt and Gatineau Park, the impact of emerald ash borer is minimal, because the ash trees are primarily in forested areas. For the most part, dead trees are left to decay and removals are undertaken when they pose a health and safety risk.
On our urban lands, we are removing more and more ash trees due to an increase in ash tree mortality.
Our strategy is as follows:
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