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Aug. 10 , 2015 –

This week, crews are will be treating City of Kingston-owned ash trees to protect them from the emerald ash borer infestation.

"This is just one of our continuing efforts to keep City property – and those using it – safe from emerald-ash-borer damaged trees. The selected ash trees will need to be treated every couple of years," says Troy Stubinski, manager, public works.

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. 

To see where ash trees are being treated, go to

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 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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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.