NEWMARKET, ON, March 19, 2014 /CNW/ - Silv-Econ Ltd., a forest resource
management firm, announced today the launch of a new educational
website, www.invasiveinsects.ca, created to provide information and resources for consumers,
municipalities, land managers and woodlot owners to help minimize the
destruction of ash trees by the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) beetle. The
site helps to identify the EAB, healthy and EAB infested ash trees, and
provides options for addressing the impact.
First discovered in Canada in 2002, the beetle has spread through much
of southwestern and eastern Ontario. The beetle attacks only ash trees,
and kills most of the trees it infests. It has already killed millions
of ash trees in eastern Canada and is expected to move through the
entire range of ash in Canada over the coming years.
Landowners with ash trees should know their trees will be attacked by
the beetle. There are options to conserve the trees; without treatment
however, their trees will die leaving owners responsible for
significant removal costs.
"Our inventories have shown that ash accounts for around 10 to 15% of
the tree species in woodlots and along urban boulevards within southern
Ontario. Not since the devastation to elm trees caused by Dutch Elm
Disease in the 1960's has there been such a significant threat to
forest cover in the region", says Silv-Econ President David Puttock.
The Emerald Ash Borer, named for its metallic emerald green appearance,
was accidentally introduced from China in infested wood packing
material. The beetle was found last year in Bruce, Simcoe and
Peterborough counties. The beetle's larvae can be transported in
infested firewood, and adults can hitchhike on vehicles or on people.
This accelerates the spread of the beetle. Adult beetles can be seen
from May until August. This image shows EAB larvae galleries in an
infected ash tree.
ABOUT SILV-ECON LIMITED
Silv-Econ Limited is recognized as a leading authority on woodlot management, forest
insects, forest certification and urban forestry in southern Ontario.
Founded in 1987, the company has a reputation for being innovative,
responsive, and client-oriented.
Silv-Econ is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and
Smartwood (SW-FM/COC-001769) as a Group Manager of forest properties.
The company is a leading authority on forest certification in southern
The company's extensive clientele includes the Regional Municipalities,
Counties and Towns across southern Ontario and hundreds of private
woodlot owners. The company has been directly involved in the
management of over 40,000 hectares of forest, including approximately
7,000 hectares of private woodlots under Ontario's Managed Forest Tax
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SOURCE: Silv-Econ Ltd.
For further information:
David Puttock, President, Silv-Econ Ltd.