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Impact of emerald ash borer already being felt in Halifax

Ellen Cools

December 13, 2018
By Ellen Cools


Dec. 13, 2018 – In September, the emerald ash borer was discovered at DeWolfe Park in Bedford, N.S.

Crispin Wood, Halifax’s superintendent of urban forestry, told CBC that the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) has already lost three trees in the park, “which is usually an indication there are many more infected.”

According to CBC, HRM has as many as 9,000 ash trees – about five per cent of the region’s trees – and they are especially prevalent in newer neighbourhoods. Consequently, as the disease spreads, there will be an obvious impact in areas from the 1980s onwards, Wood said.

However, the municipality will try different treatments for the emerald ash borer to hopefully slow the impact of the beetle and prevent the loss of all ash trees at once.

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