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City to remove ash trees due to emerald ash borer

December 15, 2016 -

To keep City property – and those using it – safe from emerald-ash-borer damaged trees, the City of Kingston will continue this year's planned removal of marked ash trees on its property this week.

"These removals are part of our multi-year plan to manage the effects of this invasive beetle that turns ash trees to dust. Property-owners are reminded that they are responsible for cutting down or treating ash trees on their land," says Troy Stubinski, manager, public works.

The Emerald Ash Borer Mitigation Plan called for the removal of approximately 500 trees in 2016.

To see where ash trees are being removed and/or 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.  In addition to removing a number of the marked trees, this year:

  • The City will continue treating 600 of the larger, healthy ash trees. The treatments are bi-annual and were started two years ago. Treating all the City's ash trees is cost-prohibitive and not sustainable, so many of the ash trees will be removed and replaced with other species over the next few years.
  • This fall, the City will plant trees to replace those that are being cut down. Some of the new trees will be relocated to avoid existing infrastructure, such as power lines. 

The complete ash tree removal strategy being employed by the City is also available for review at www.CityofKingston.ca/EAB.  It 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 the communications department at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.