City of Beaconsfield

City of Beaconsfield

September 28, 2015 09:06 ET

EMERALD ASH BORER - The City Pursues its Action Plan: Ash trees can be Felled from October 1 until March 14

BEACONSFIELD, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Sept. 28, 2015) - The City of Beaconsfield continues to implement its action plan to protect ash trees against infestation by the emerald ash borer. Thus, the City will fell about 150 ash trees less than 15 cm in diameter or in poor condition growing on public property. These trees will be replaced with various species to gradually increase the biodiversity of our territory.

"We are pleased with the results of the measures implemented this year. Our action plan has set a medium-term goal of protecting as many public ash trees as possible, since it is inevitable that some will be felled for the sake of safety and to reduce the spread of the insect. Felled trees will quickly be replaced and others will be planted. The City is ready to begin the next phase during which it must fulfil its commitment now, and in the future, to maintain and continue to develop its forest heritage," explained Mayor Georges Bourelle.

Ash trees on private property

As of October 1, residents who wish to fell an ash tree, in either good or poor condition, should call the Urban Planning Department, 514 428-4430, or email agrile-eab@beaconsfield.ca to request the necessary permit. Authorization is not required to fell ash trees under 15 cm in diameter.

Rules for felling ash trees:

  • Permit issued on site, with fee
  • Permitted number: two per year, or 1/5 of ash trees if there are more than 10 trees
  • Debarking of two branch sections by the inspector following felling
  • Every ash tree felled must be replaced

Ash trees form a significant presence in Beaconsfield's urban forest. We have more than 11,000 including over 8,000 on private land. The City has treated 982 public trees in 2015. Close to 700 ash trees, representing 10% of those over 15 cm in diameter on private property were treated this year. Remember that screening for EAB last July confirmed the presence of the insect in all parts of Beaconsfield.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Mayor
    514 428-4410