Spring 2018 EAB Management Update

The following is an update on Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) management activities:
 
Ash Tree Removals
  • This past winter, our contractors removed 2,210 ash trees that were dead or dying due to EAB damage – 465 from boulevards (streets), 299 from manicured areas in parks and 1446 in natural woodlots.
  • All remaining ash trees on streets will be re-assessed for damage this June. Trees with the most significant damage at the time of assessment will be marked with an ‘R’ to indicate that they will be removed. Removals will take place in late fall 2018/early winter 2019.
  • Removal of hazardous ash trees in parks and natural areas is now complete.
  • In some forested areas, ash tree logs and branches were left on the forest floor after being cut down. This is because woody debris and fallen logs are an important part of a healthy forest eco-system, recycling nutrients back into the environment and providing habitat for plants and animals.
 Replanting
  • Trees that were removed this winter will be replaced this year. Replanting will begin on streets and in parks at the end of May.
  • A map showing replanting locations can be found at RichmondHill.ca/ EAB.
 Pesticide Treatment
  • Trees that were treated with pesticide in 2016 and are deemed healthy enough will be treated again this summer.
 Public Notification
A notice in the form of a door hanger will be provided to residents whose property is adjacent to Town-owned trees that are scheduled for maintenance (pesticide treatment, removal, stumping or replacement).
 
Additional information about EAB is available at RichmondHill.ca/EAB.