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Winnipeg Injecting Ash Trees for Protection from Invasive Beetles

June 14, 2019 12:07 PM | News

Forester - Jeff Rider

Jeff Rider of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation prepares to cut down an ash tree to check for signs of emerald ash borer infestation in Rhinebeck, N.Y., on April 12, 2012. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Mike Groll)

Winnipeg will begin its emerald ash borer management program next week to preserve the health of the city’s ash trees.

All of the species of trees will eventually succumb to the threat of emerald ash borer over the next 10 years. The insect control program, now in its second year, helps to slow the overall mortality of the trees.

“We are selecting the best of the ash trees on public property for these injections, so we get the best value out of the treatments”, said Kerienne La France, supervisor of Urban Forestry Technical Services.

Weather permitting, crews will target Insect Management Areas 12 (Windsor Park), 13 (Worthington), 14 (Kingston Crescent, Minnetonka, Pulberry), 15 (Southland Park), 16 (Island Lakes, Royalwood), 18 (Vista), 25 (Beaumont, Crescent Park, Maybank, Wildwood), 30 (Central River Heights), 31 (Crescentwood, North River Heights, Wellington Crescent), 32 (Grant Park, Rockwood), 40, (Minto, St. Matthews), 41 (Wolseley), 42 (Daniel McIntyre, West Alexander), and 46 (Dufferin, Logan C.P.R., Lord Selkirk Park).

Injections will take place between 6:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, beginning June 17. Treatment will occur on an ongoing basis until late July.
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