September 29, 2014 – Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) and local environmental and municipal partners are set to host three free public information sessions for rural landowners on the effects of the invasive emerald ash borer. Participants will learn how to combat this destructive insect and manage its effects on our forests.
Emerald ash borer (EAB) is an invasive beetle, native to Asia, which arrived in Ontario several years ago. EAB larvae feed beneath the bark of ash trees, disrupting the movement of water and nutrients, killing 99.9 per cent of all trees they come in contact with. Flying from ash tree to ash tree, this small emerald beetle continues to spread throughout Ontario and the Credit River watershed, killing native ash trees. CVC and its partners are committed to educating local landowners about their role in the fight against EAB.
“Residents are the first line of defence in helping to reduce the impact of EAB on our environment,” says Mike Puddister, Director, Restoration and Stewardship for CVC. “Ash trees are an important part of rural landscapes. Knowing how to properly manage forests and planting new trees for the future will ensure that we have healthy forests and communities for years to come.”
Information sessions will be held at three different locations:
Wed Oct. 8 from 7 to 9 p.m.
Knox United Church, 2976 Charleston Sd Rd, Caledon
Wed Oct. 15 from 7 to 9 p.m.
Mold-Master SportsPlex, Gordon Alcott Heritage Hall, 221 Guelph St, Georgetown
Thurs Oct. 16 from 7 to 9 p.m.
Erin Community Centre in the Shamrock Room, 14 Boland Dr, Erin.
Supporting organizations at these information sessions are: Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Town of Halton Hills, Region of Halton, Forests Ontario and Grand River Conservation Authority.
Participants will hear from industry experts about the history, spread, and biology of EAB. They will also learn about impacts to woodlots and forests as well as management options for rural landowners. This is an opportunity to chat with neighbours and ask experts about EAB as well as ash tree protection and removal.
Visit www.creditvalleyca.ca/eab to register for a free information session. Find out more about identifying the signs of EAB and managing ash trees.
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Conservation Authorities are a provincial/municipal partnership. CVC was established by an act of the province in 1954 with a mandate to protect all natural resources other than minerals in the area drained by the Credit River. We have been working for 60 years with our partner municipalities and stakeholders to protect and enhance the natural environment of the Credit River watershed for present and future generations. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.
Emerald ash borer on a leaf. Photo credit: David Cappaert, Michigan State University, Bugwood.org.
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