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null City begins next phase of ash tree removals

January 14, 2020 -

Contractors for the City begin removing marked ash trees today as part of the multi-year ash tree removal and replacement plan. Over the next several weeks, crews will remove marked ash trees on City property that have the emerald ash borer (EAB) infestation. 

“This is part of our multi-year plan to remove City ash trees endangered by the emerald ash borer. These trees will be replaced with different species in the fall as we continue to work towards doubling our urban tree canopy by 2025,” says Troy Stubinski, Operations Manager, Public Works. Some replacement trees will be planted in new locations to avoid existing infrastructure, such as power lines, Stubinski adds. 

Approximately 400 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. To see where ash trees are being treated and removed, visit CityofKingston.ca/EAB.

The EAB Impact Cost Mitigation Plan outlines the City’s plan to deal with the 3,500 ash trees on City property. It is available for review at 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. Homeowners can visit CityofKingston.ca/EAB to learn how to deal with ash trees on their property.

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