430 trees in NDG-CDN to be culled due to Emerald Ash Borer


MONTREAL — Residents in Côte-des-Neiges—Notre-Dame-de-Grâce are to lose 430 more trees as part of the ongoing battle against the Emerald Ash Borer.

The borough announced that it intends to cull ash trees showing irreversible damage and which may pose a danger to public safety.

“This operation is aimed at limiting the spread of this pest,” the borough said in a statement.

“It is part of a range of actions undertaken since 2011, including screening, the preventive treatment of publicly-held ash trees, and the cutting of 230 ash trees in the winter of 2013-2014.”

City officials are also asking for help from homeowners with ash trees on their properties, asking them to contact an arboriculture professional as soon as possible for advice on how best to proceed. To select an arboriculture professional, visit the Société internationale d’arboriculture Québec website.

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“The objective is to preserve our healthy ash trees — which provide a significant green canopy — for as long as possible.”

According to officials, if the tree shows no signs of damage, it may be possible to treat the Emerald Ash Borer infestation. However, if there are signs of damage, they recommend trying to find out the cause and whether the the damage is irreversible. If it is, the tree must be cut down.

The borough said it invested $175,000 in its battle against the Emerald Ash Borer in 2014, noting that in the past year, some 915 trees were treated by injecting a biopesticide to try to limit the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer population.

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