York Region Managing Emerald Ash Borer in Metro Road Forestry Tract

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The invasive non-native Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has spread rapidly across southern Ontario. Detection surveys in Georgina indicate that it is now present in the area, and therefore ash tree mortality is imminent.

The EAB can kill a healthy ash tree in less than three years. As a preventative measure for public safety and in managing the forest for overall health, some areas of Metro Road Tract have been harvested for ash trees in light of pending mortality due to EAB.

The selected areas of the Tract have received different amounts of thinning that will enhance forest health and wildlife habitat, as well as promote natural regeneration of native trees and shrubs.

Some of the open areas created by the thinning will be planted with a mix of tree seedlings and tree seeds of maple, hackberry and oak over the next couple of years. York Region has already begun site preparation of the selected areas so that they are ready for tree planting this Spring. During this time, the parking lot and trail system will not be closed as the machines will be operating within a section of the forest located away from the trail system. However, for the safety of the public and the workers, we kindly ask everyone visiting the Tract to keep clear of the operations.

A number of larger healthy ash trees have also been selected to receive an insecticide treatment (TreeAzin™) to protect them against the EAB so that they may act as a seed source for the future regeneration of ash trees in this forest tract.

We appreciate your patience and understanding while we work to manage Metro Road Tract for EAB and to ensure the ecological sustainability of the York Regional Forest.

If you have any questions about our EAB program, please contact Dayna Laxton at 905-830-4444 ext. 73119. If you have any questions about the operations taking place at the Tract, please contact Collin Macdonald, Area Forester at 905-830-4444 ext. 75258 or email colin.macdonald@york.ca 

For more information visit: www.york.ca/eab