By Kevin Woodhouse
With more than 8,000 trees within the Pointe Claire territory that could be threatened by the insidious Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), the city is offering a public meeting where experts will detail how to spot an infestation and how to protect affected trees.
The city has also found the first wave of EAB infestation recently discovered on a private residence located on Hymus.
“Two infected ash trees were cut down and safely shredded to avoid spreading contamination,” explained Pointe Claire Mayor Morris Trudeau. “We are now inspecting surrounding ash trees that show signs of infestation and are stripping their bark, when necessary, to protect as many trees as possible.”
The city has been proactive in the past, noting in the press release that Pointe Claire has been working “with adjacent municipalities to apply its action plan to fight the EAB by a variety of means. These include putting traps on strategically located ash trees on public property throughout Pointe Claire, using a biopesticide treatment to protect trees, and carrying out inspection and monitoring tours to spot the insect.”
“Rapid detection is one of the most important steps we can take to protect ash trees,” noted the mayor.
The EAB information session will take place on Wednesday, June 11, at St. Joachim Church located at 2 Ste. Anne Avenue. Interested participants are invited to register with the city’s communications division online via email@example.com or by calling city hall at  630-1200.
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