City to host free public presentation on Emerald Ash Borer

Emerald Ash Borer

The City of Fredericton invites residents to attend a free public presentation at 7 pm on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at the Hugh John Flemming Forestry Lecture Theatre to discuss the potential effects of the Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive species of beetle, if it moves into Atlantic Urban Forests.  The presentation is part of the Atlantic Urban Forest Conference being held in Fredericton from November 7-8.

Anthony Daniel, Science Advisor for the City of Montreal, will lead a panel discussion along with Don Murray, City Forester and Manager of Fredericton’s Parks & Trees Division; Richard Zurawski, Meteorologist; and Dr. Krista Ryall, Forest Ecological Entomologist with the Canadian Forest Service, detailing some of the ecological, economic, and social impacts of the Emerald Ash Borer, and ways municipalities can work to manage and mitigate damage caused by the beetle.

The Emerald Ash Borer was inadvertently introduced into North America in the late 1990’s. It has moved north from the United States and is now killing ash trees in Ontario and Quebec.  The City of Fredericton has been actively monitoring the beetle’s progress since 2005, and so far, there have been no reported findings in New Brunswick.

The Atlantic Urban Forest Conference is a professional workshop intended to facilitate discussions between representatives from Municipal and Provincial Government, Certified Arborists, Foresters, Developers, Planners, Architects, Nursery Industry and related trades, and students on how to improve and maintain healthy urban forests in Atlantic Canada.  The conference will run November 7 and 8, 2017 at the Crowne Plaza Fredericton – Lord Beaverbrook Hotel.  The City of Fredericton is a gold sponsor of this year’s conference.

For more information on the conference, see the conference program.  More information on the Emerald Ash Borer can be found on the Natural Resources website.

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Media Contact:  Don Murray, Manager, Parks & Trees, 506-460-2184, don.murray@fredericton.ca