Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

September 21, 2011 14:00 ET

Working With Canadians to Protect our Trees

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 21, 2011) - Millions of Canada's trees are at risk due to invaders—often no bigger than the size of a fly. They can hitch a ride unseen on a variety of common wood products, from firewood to pallets, spreading their path of destruction in forests across the country.

This year's National Forest Week is September 19 to 24. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) wants to remind Canadians about the important steps needed to prevent invasive pests and disease from spreading across the country.

These are some key ways Canadians can help protect our trees.

  • Don't move firewood. Buy and burn it locally.

  • Educate yourself about invasive species threatening trees in your area.

  • Follow all rules and regulations related to moving wood products into and within Canada.

Unfortunately, pests are on the move. In August, 2011, the CFIA confirmed that a brown spruce longhorn beetle was found in Kouchibouguac National Park in New Brunswick. This is the first time in North America that this pest has been found outside of Nova Scotia. The beetle likely first arrived in Canada on wood packaging materials. The one found in New Brunswick likely travelled there by a camper's firewood.

In July 2011, emerald ash borer was confirmed to be in Montreal, Quebec, for the first time. This highly destructive pest originated in Asia and has already killed millions of trees across North America. It is now present in Ontario and Quebec.

"During this important week, we can't stress enough the importance of being vigilant about preventing invasive pests from being introduced into Canada and spreading across the country," said Greg Stubbings, Canada's Chief Plant Officer with the CFIA. "The damage caused by these pests has tremendous economic, environmental and social consequences. We all suffer when we lose our valuable trees."

For more information on invasive pests in your area and how to help stop their spread, please visit http://www.inspection.gc.ca/pests.

Contact Information

  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    Media Relations
    613-773-6600