North Bay, ON – Nov. 9, 2023 – The City of North Bay Parks will be removing trees infested with the emerald ash borer from the Waterfront Path between Timmins Street and Tenth Avenue on Friday, Nov. 10.
In the coming spring, the Parks Department will be replacing the removed trees with native shrubs and plants that will not only help to stabilize the bank but also provide essential habitat for wildlife.
First detected in Ontario in 2002, the emerald ash borer is an invasive insect from Asia that feeds on all species of ash tree. There is no known method to eradicate the wood-boring insect.
Work to identify and inventory infected trees throughout areas of the city began several years ago when it was first identified that the emerald ash borer was causing significant damage to the local ash trees. Infected trees, including some at Lee Park and City Hall have already been removed.
In preparation for removal of infected trees, the City’s Parks Department began planting trees about five years ago at the waterfront and other park areas. The infected ash trees are being replaced with variety of species to minimize any future invasive species-related risks. To date more than 350 trees have been planted.
For assistance with trees on private property that have been affected, owners may want to contact a qualified arborist who is familiar with this type of infestation. For more information on the Emerald Ash Borer, visit the Canadian Food Inspection Agency website.