The City of Ottawa has lost thousands of ash trees due to the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). This invasive beetle, native to Asia was first detected in North America in 2002. Since its arrival, it has killed tens of millions of ash trees and continues to spread, causing considerable economic and ecological damage.
As a result, many private property owners are left with dead or dying ash trees. To help address this, South Nation Conservation (SNC) has collaborated with the City of Ottawa, to pilot a cost-sharing ‘Ash Tree Replacement Program’.
The program is available to property owners with affected ash tree(s) located in the City. Eligible applicants agree to use a forestry professional to confirm and remove EAB infected ash trees and to replace all removed trees with suitable native trees.
Managed similar to the Ottawa Rural Clean Water Program with the partner Conservation Authorities, the Ash Tree Replacement Program will also be managed and administered by SNC. Funding support has been provided by the City of Ottawa.
Interested applicants are encouraged to visit the program’s website for more details.