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Ash trees to be removed due to emerald ash borer

March 10, 2015 -

The presence of emerald ash borer was verified in Kingston in 2013. The invasive beetle kills ash trees over the course of two to six years – that's why the City has issued a request for proposals (RFP) to take down approximately 400 of its ash trees in poor condition this spring.

These trees on City property are being marked for removal this week and will be replaced with another species of tree this fall (although they may be put in a different spot from the original tree to protect infrastructure).

"Unfortunately, taking these trees down is the most cost-effective way to deal with this unavoidable infestation.  If you have ash trees on your own property, you will also want to check with an arborist to see about getting them removed or treated as they could pose a threat to your property," says Troy Stubinski, manager, public works.

The City has approximately 3,500 ash trees on its property and has an EAB Impact Cost Mitigation Plan which involves treating about 600 of the larger, healthy ones with a bio-insecticide (400 have already been treated). Treating all the City's ash trees is cost-prohibitive and not sustainable, so many of the ash trees will be removed and replaces with other species over the next few years.

For more information on the City's plan to deal with the emerald ash borer – and details on how to deal with your own ash trees – see www.CityofKingston.ca/EAB.  Details of the RFP are available at www.Biddingo.com/Kingston.

About the City of Kingston

The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 120,000 residents living in this visually stunning, historic city, often ranked one of the best places to live in Canada. In 2014, it was named a Top 7 Smart Community by the Intelligent Community Forum. Our vision – to become Canada's most sustainable city – focusses our efforts on: environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality. Please visit www.CityofKingston.ca and join the conversation on social media.

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, media relations officer, 613-546-4291, ext. 3116, or call the communications department at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.