RELEASE — Contractors for the City of Kingston are planting trees at Lake Ontario Park today as part of the City’s annual tree-planting program. Over the next several weeks, crews will plant approximately 1,200 trees on City property.
“We plan to double Kingston’s tree canopy over the next decade. That means we need to replace the trees we’ve lost and plant hundreds of additional trees every year,” says Troy Stubinski, manager, public works.
Many of the new trees will replace the approximately 500 ash trees that have had to be cut down this winter due to the emerald ash borer infestation. Some replacement trees will be planted in new locations to avoid existing infrastructure, such as power lines.
Approximately 600 ash trees in good condition are being treated to protect them from the emerald ash borer and need to be retreated every other year (about 300 are treated each year). The treated trees have their health reevaluated yearly. Treating all the City’s ash trees is cost-prohibitive and not sustainable.
Many more ash trees will be removed and replaced with other species over the next few years.
To see where ash trees are being treated, go to CityofKingston.ca/EAB.
Homeowners may also visit that webpage to find out more about how to deal with their own ash trees. Stubinski suggests calling an arborist for help.
The EAB Impact Cost Mitigation Plan outlines how the City will deal with the 3,500 ash trees on its property. It is available for review at CityofKingston.ca/EAB and includes details on how the City is adhering to the Migratory Bird Convention Act.
The presence of emerald ash borer was verified in Kingston in 2013. The invasive beetle turns ash trees to dust over the course of two to six years.