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City begins annual tree-planting program next week

October 6, 2015 –

Over the next 6 to 8 weeks, crews will plant approximately 600 trees on City of Kingston property. 

"This is our annual tree-planting program in support of the City's Emerald Ash Borer Cost Mitigation Plan aimed at maintaining Kingston's urban forest," says Troy Stubinski, manager, public works.

Many of the new trees will replace approximately 400 ash trees that have had to be cut down due to the emerald ash borer infestation.  Some of these replacement trees will be planted in new locations to avoid existing infrastructure, such as power lines. 

Approximately 600 ash trees in good condition are being treated to protect them from the emerald ash borer and will need to be retreated every other year (about 300 will be treated each year).  The treated trees will have their health reevaluated yearly. Treating all the City's ash trees is cost-prohibitive and not sustainable.

Many more ash trees will be removed and replaced with other species over the next few years. The next round of ash tree removals will begin in the winter of 2016.

To see where ash trees are being treated, go to www.CityofKingston.ca/EAB.

Homeowners may also visit that webpage to find out more about how to deal with their own ash trees.  Stubinski suggests calling an arborist for help.

The EAB Impact Cost Mitigation Plan outlines how the City will deal with the 3,500 ash trees on its property. It is available for review at www.CityofKingston.ca/EAB and includes details on how the City is adhering to the Migratory Bird Convention Act.

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.

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.

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