A significant threat to our environment in this country continues to be invasive species. Species that arrive from other countries that have no natural enemies in our country can thrive unchecked by predators, and consequently pose a risk to aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems and our economy.
A good example of an invasive species that is causing widespread destruction to our Richmond Hill ecosystem is the Emerald Ash Borer. Thousands of our urban trees have died, or will likely die, in the coming years, and it is estimated that this little insect will cost our town in the neighbourhood of $12M dollars when all is said and done. Staff has spent a great deal of time treating many of our Ash trees to prolong their lives, but unfortunately we have already lost many Ash trees in our community.
The small bit of good news is that, in Ward 4, many of these infected trees were removed last fall and are scheduled for replanting this spring.
For More information on our EAB Strategy please click here