Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

April 11, 2009 11:41 ET

Introduced Forest Pests: CFIA Takes Steps to Extend Compensation Application Period Related to Tree Removal

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 11, 2009) - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is proposing an amendment to the Introduced Forest Pest Compensation Regulations to extend the application period for compensation to December 31, 2014 for persons who have had trees removed because of the emerald ash borer, Asian long-horned beetle and brown spruce longhorn beetle.

The proposed amendment was pre-published in Canada Gazette, Part I, on April 11, 2009 for a 30-day comment period. This amendment would extend the deadline by five years for Canadians who had to have trees removed as a result of the management of these three invasive forest pests.

The current regulations allow those landowners who receive a Notice to Dispose before March 31, 2008 to apply for compensation.

Extending the Introduced Forest Pest Compensation Regulations is important so that individuals can continue to apply for compensation in cases where their trees have been or will be removed.

At the present time, removing infested host trees is no longer considered an effective tool to manage the emerald ash borer or brown spruce longhorn beetle. The CFIA removes trees for research purposes only and, if required, for the Asian long-horned beetle eradication program.

The CFIA is Canada's science-based regulator for animal health, plant protection and food safety. The CFIA plays an important role in protecting Canada's plant resource base from pests and diseases. For more information please visit the CFIA's Web site at www.inspection.gc.ca or contact the CFIA at 1-800-442-2342.

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