Pest detected outside the regulated area
OTTAWA, Dec. 7, 2017 /CNW/ - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has confirmed the presence of emerald ash borer in the city of Winnipeg, Manitoba. The new finding was outside of the regulated area, which includes the regional county municipalities of southwest Quebec, from Pontiac to Acton, all of southern Ontario, and the city of Thunder Bay, Ontario.
Effective immediately, the movement of all ash material such as logs, branches, and woodchips, and all species of firewood from the affected sites, is restricted. The tree property owner (the City of Winnipeg) has been notified of these restrictions. The regulated area will be expanded in early 2018.
Although the emerald ash borer poses no threat to human health, it 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 the spread of this pest.
- The emerald ash borer is native to China and eastern Asia. Its presence in Canada was first confirmed in 2002.
- The emerald ash borer has been known to be 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.
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SOURCE Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)
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