Marianne Wilkinson

Councillor, Kanata North

Residents can help slow down EAB spread by not moving firewood.

The City reminds both urban and rural residents that they can help slow down the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) and protect our forests by not moving firewood or ash wood material.

EAB is an invasive wood-boring beetle that attacks and destroys all species of ash trees. To combat this insect, the City of Ottawa has developed a strategy that includes controlling wood movement and disposal, tree removal, selective tree injections, proactive tree planting and public outreach.

This insect spends most of its lifecycle under the bark of ash trees. It can be difficult to detect and very easily moved with firewood, logs, or branches. EAB is transferred to new locations primarily as a result of movement of infested wood.

Private property owners are responsible for removing and disposing of affected ash trees on their properties. It is recommended that the owner use a certified arborist and ensure full compliance with existing federal regulations for wood movement and disposal. Smaller branches and limbs can be placed at the curb and be disposed of through leaf and yard waste. Best practices are to limit wood movement as much as possible.

The City is responsible for maintaining or removing ash trees on City property (City road allowances, municipal parks and natural areas). As ash trees decline, infested trees located on City property will be removed and handled appropriately by City staff and contractors.

If you need to buy wood for your cottage or campsite, buy it locally and use it or leave it behind when you depart.

For more information, please visit ottawa.ca/eab or call 3-1-1.

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