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City starts removing ash trees in Rideau St area

January 17, 2018 -

City of Kingston contracted crews are removing marked ash trees starting in the Rideau Street area  today. The ash trees were marked for removal due to the emerald ash borer (EAB) infestation. 

"This is a continuation of our multi-year plan to remove City ash trees endangered by the emerald ash borer to ensure the safety of residents who use City properties. Our plan calls for these trees to be replaced with trees of a different species in the fall to meet the City's commitment to double its urban tree canopy by 2025," says Troy Stubinski, manager, public works.

Some 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.

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 that were on City 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.

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