The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has confirmed the presence of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) in the regional county municipality of D’Autray in the towns of Berthierville andLavaltrie, Quebec. These finds are outside of the current regulated area which includes the regional county municipalities of southwest Quebec, from Pontiac to Acton, and the entire southern region of Ontario.
Effective immediately, the movement of all ash material such as logs, branches, and wood chips, as well as all species of firewood from the affected site, is restricted. Property owners in the affected area are being notified of these restrictions. Other enforcement measures, such as expanding the regulated area, may be implemented once the CFIA completes its survey work before the end of 2016.
Although EAB poses no threat to human health, it attacks and is highly destructive to ash trees. It has already killed millions of ash trees in Ontario, Quebec and the United States, and poses a major economic and environmental threat to urban and forested areas of North America. The CFIA continues to work with federal, provincial, and municipal governments to slow its spread.
- The Emerald Ash Borer is native to China and eastern Asia. It’s presence in Canada was first confirmed in 2002.
- The Emerald Ash Borer is present only in certain areas of Ontario and Quebec and is regulated by the CFIA to protect Canada’s forests and nurseries.
- Moving untreated firewood is a common way for invasive insects and diseases to spread. – CNW