City of Beaconsfield

City of Beaconsfield

July 06, 2015 12:39 ET

The Emerald Ash Borer Has Now Reached Beaconsfield/Important Reminder: Now Is the Time to Have Your Ash Trees Treated

BEACONSFIELD, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - July 6, 2015) - The City of Beaconsfield would like to remind you that there is still time to take advantage of the municipal action plan aimed at fighting the emerald ash borer in order to protect the quality of our environment, the urban canopy and property values.

The emerald ash borer is an insect from Asia that has devastated a large part of North America's ash trees in less than 15 years; it has now reached our City. Trees need to be treated every two years with TreeAzin, an insecticide that must be applied by recognized experts.

"This is an important operation because it helps preserve the environment that has made Beaconsfield the exceptional city that it is. We must never forget that mature trees constitute the core of our green environment; they contribute to air quality, prevent erosion and heat islands, and account for nearly 20% of property values. It is important to take urgent action to preserve our ash trees," explained Mayor Georges Bourelle.

Ash trees have a significant presence in Beaconsfield's urban forest. They number in excess of 11,000, including more than 8,000 on private land. The City has begun treating its own trees and has set up a specially priced treatment program to help property owners. In the interest of saving trees and preventing the spread of the emerald ash borer, the City is also making it easier to have felling permit issued for affected trees during visits from inspectors. These permits are issued at no cost.

Studies show that it is both financially and environmentally more beneficial to treat ash trees than to cut them down.

Faced with the scale of the threat of devastation posed by the emerald ash borer, the City has organized its first action plan to save our ash trees. This year alone, it has earmarked $445,000 for this purpose.

For further information, please contact the City of Beaconsfield at 514 428-4430, or consult our web site at beaconsfield.ca.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Mayor
    514 428-4410