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From Tragedy to Triumph: Repurposing Ontario's Ash Trees

In 2002 the Emerald Ash Borer was first discovered in the province of Ontario, an insect that fed on and devoured the ash tree, a native Ontario tree.  In spite of efforts, treatment, and management plans by municipalities and conservation authorities, not all trees could be saved and it is expected millions of trees will vanish, forever altering Ontario’s tree canopy.

Partners in Project Green, along with Toronto and Region Conservation, City of Toronto, City of Markham, and the Town of Richmond Hill found a way to re-purpose these trees into valuable wood products, turning an ecological disaster into a success story. Check out their videos to learn more:

From Tragedy to Triumph - An Ash Tree Success Story

Town of Richmond Hill's Success Story 

For more success stories, visit www.partnersinprojectgreen.com/eab 

 

How do I know if I have an ash tree in my yard?

The following easy-to-use resource will help you to determine whether or not you have any ash trees on your property:

How do I know if my ash tree is infested?

It is very difficult to detect the presence of EAB in the early stages, as many of the more outwardly visible signs and symptoms appear only after two or more years of infestation. This visual guide by the City of Toronto shows pictures of the Emerald Ash Borer at various life stages, as well as various indicators of its presence and ash trees in various stages of decline. 

*Please note that other insects, diseases, and problems can demonstrate similar signs and symptoms as those depicted in this guide, and thus is it advisable that you contact a certified arborist to confirm whether or not EAB is present in your tree.

 

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