News & Public Notices
Sessions to focus on ash tree removal/tree-planting
April 14, 2015 -
You may have noticed trees with spray-painted markings in your neighbourhood. These ash trees on City of Kingston property have been marked for removal for safety reasons due to the emerald ash borer (EAB) infestation, which turns ash trees to dust within a couple of years.
These trees will be cut down and replaced with another species of tree in the fall.
Those who wish to learn more about the City's plans to remove and replace these trees are invited to attend one of these upcoming information sessions:
- 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Monday, April 27 in the Community Room of the Isabel Turner Library at 935 Gardiners Rd.
- 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 28 in the Wilson Room of the Central Library at 130 Johnson St.
- 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 30 in the library at Sir John A. Public School at 529 St. Martha's St.
City experts will also accept questions on these plans during an online discussion from 12 to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29 at www.CityofKingston.ca/GetInvolved.
"The City is responsible to keep people safe from dangers associated with infested ash trees. And property-owners are responsible for ash trees on their own properties. This infestation was unavoidable, but we are using this as an opportunity to diversify our urban forest and to better locate the replacement trees away from other infrastructure," says Troy Stubinski, manager, public works.
He urges residents with ash trees to come to an information session or visit www.CityofKingston.ca/eab for guidance.
The presence of emerald ash borer was verified in Kingston in 2013. The City will take down approximately 425 of its ash trees in poor condition this spring and summer and replace them with 500 trees of other species this fall.
The City has approximately 3,500 ash trees on its property and has an EAB Impact Cost Mitigation Plan, which involves treating about 600 of the larger, healthy ones with a bio-insecticide (400 have already been treated). 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 of trees over the next few 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. Please visit www.CityofKingston.ca and join the conversation on social media.
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