Fort Erie’s Emerald Ash Borer Program in Full-effect

In August 2015, Town Staff and Council began planning for the imminent removal of all ash trees in Fort Erie due to the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) infestation. EAB is an introduced insect pest from Asia that attacks and kills all species of true ash trees.

Town staff estimate that approximately 16,500 ash trees in Fort Erie are infested; with about 80 per cent of them located on private property. The mortality rate of EAB infested trees can happen as fast as one year; however, it typically occurs within 2-3 years. As a result of the EAB infestation, Town Council has increased the annual tree trimming and removal budget from $173,700 in 2015 to $579,000 in 2017.

“Approximately 50 per cent of all ash trees on public property are completely dead. Therefore, it is imperative that we take the necessary steps to protect our community by removing dying and infected trees from our parks and roadways as soon as possible,” said Mayor Wayne Redekop.
In order to help save on costs, Town staff concentrates on the bulk removal of ash trees within neighbourhoods where a higher density of ash trees exists. These bulk removals have proven to be a more cost effective way of removing higher volumes of ash trees within specific neighborhoods. The average unit price per tree is less than 65% of the cost of selective tree removals.

In 2016, the Town executed a tree removal program in South Fort Erie and Crescent Park neighbourhoods. Staff will be removing the balance of EAB infested trees in Crescent Park later this year, followed by block removals in Thunder Bay and Ridgeway. The Town Arborist will select the best species of tree for replanting in each specific location to ensure Fort Erie has a more biodiverse urban forest in the future.

While the Town will be removing select trees from public property, Fort Erie residents and businesses are reminded that it is their responsibility to manage or remove trees on their own properties. Since some tree removal companies offer discounts for multiple tree removals in the same area, Town staff recommends that residents speak with their neighbours to see if they are also looking for tree removal services before booking an appointment.

For more information on the Emerald Ash Borer program in Fort Erie, please call 905-871-1600 or visit www.forterie.ca.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: July 31, 2017
MEDIA CONTACT: Janine Tessmer, Communications Advisor
TELEPHONE: 905-321-4436

4 thoughts on “Fort Erie’s Emerald Ash Borer Program in Full-effect

  1. Nick Boothby

    My spouse loves our Ash trees and I love her. So we pay a local arborist to treat our Ash trees annually so that they won’t become infected. It’s worth every penny.

  2. Karen

    Very costly, no subsidize for residental ash trees of any kind or offering any kind of help. Moved to Fort Erie to a newly build house 5 yrs ago and the builders from Fort Erie left 4 large ash trees on our property .

  3. niagarapayitforwardRick

    My neighbour has two massive ashe trees with some EAB damage. It would take a crane to get them out. How is he going to pay for that? He’s a pensioner. The trees are far too big for friends to try and remove.

    1. Town of Fort Erie Post author

      Thank you for your question. Please visit http://www.forterie.ca/pages/TreesandForestry for more information as it contains answers to the following:
      How many trees are infested with EAB in Fort Erie?
      What Does an Ash Tree Look Like?
      How much damage can the EAB cause to ash trees?
      What will happen to the Town-owned ash tree near my property?
      What should I do if I have a privately-owned ash tree on my property?
      What is the Town doing to battle the EAB infestation?
      What can you do if you think a tree is infested with an EAB infestation?

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