Regina’s 1st case of Dutch elm disease of 2019 discovered

The City of Regina says the first case of Dutch elm disease in 2019 was discovered in a tree in a yard at 222 Lincoln Dr. Sean Lerat-Stetner / Global News

The first case of Dutch elm disease in Regina for 2019 has been discovered.

The fungal disease was found in a tree in the yard of a home at 222 Lincoln Dr. The tree caught the disease from another tree that had it last year.

A typical Dutch elm disease program will typically lose one per cent of elm trees per year and Regina has somewhere between 45-50,000 elm trees.

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So losing, on average, anywhere from five-to-10 trees per year is something the city is proud of. Last year, there were five.

“For us to lose five trees out of that number, [45-50,000] we’re well below the one per cent so we are really pleased with that result,” said Russell Eirich, senior program manager for pests, forestry and horticulture.
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Eirich said the success doesn’t mean the city is going to ease up in any way.

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“We have four crews moving throughout the city looking at the different trees, monitoring and trying to get through the city tree portion every week,” Eirich said.

“We do depend a lot on the residents. A lot of the success we have is due to the residents.”

Crews began removing the tree on Tuesday morning.

Eirich said they expect to get a few more cases of the disease before the year ends.

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