RELEASE — Contractors for the City are planting trees today at Lake Ontario Park as part of the annual tree-planting program. Over the next several weeks, crews will plant approximately 1,000 trees on City property.
“Public Works has planted more than 37,000 trees over the last four years. We plan to double Kingston’s tree canopy by 2025 and to do that we need to replace the trees we’ve lost,” says Troy Stubinski, Operations Manager, Public Works.
The new trees will replace the approximately 500 ash trees that were cut down this winter due to the emerald ash borer infestation. Additional ash trees will be removed and replaced with other species over the next few years. Selected larger, healthy ash trees are being treated to protect them from the emerald ash borer and require retreatment every other year.
To see where ash trees are being treated and removed, visit CityofKingston.ca/EAB.
The presence of emerald ash borer was verified in Kingston in 2013. Homeowners can visit CityofKingston.ca/EAB to learn how to deal with ash trees on their property.