LEAF informs all Canadians in Toronto about the significant crisis of our urban forest caused by the emerald ash borer (EAB) in the following letter:
“By now you’ve heard the news – it is estimated that the City of Toronto will lose nearly all of its 860,000 ash trees to emerald ash borer (EAB) by 2017. This significant loss to our urban forest will represent 8.4% of the canopy cover and will truly be felt by all. In York Region, it is anticipated that most of the estimated 2,800,000 mature ash trees growing in the area (700,000 of which are found in the urban forest, and 2,100,000 in rural woodlands) will become infested and die within the next ten to fifteen years.
Emerald ash borer
The City of Toronto is hosting a series of public meetings where Urban Forestry staff will present information about what is being done to manage the impact of EAB and LEAF will be there to support these efforts.
The first meeting will be on Wednesday, September 14 from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. at L’Amoreaux Community Recreation Centre, 2000 McNicoll Ave. (at Kennedy Rd.). This will be the first of five public meetings. Click here for all of the dates and locations.
You can also watch this short video on EAB at Canada AM’s website where garden guru Mark Cullen explores the battle against this exotic pest.
Coordinator, Marketing & Communications
LEAF – Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests
Artscape Wychwood Barns
253 – 601 Christie St,
Toronto, ON M6G 4C7
The public meetings on the Emerald Ash Borer infestation will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at:
- Today, September 14: L’Amoreaux Community Recreation Centre, 2000 McNicoll Ave.; McNicoll Ave. and Kennedy Rd.
- September 15: Oriole Community Resource Centre, 2975 Don Mills Rd.; Don Mills Rd. and Finch Ave.
- September 20: Scarborough Civic Centre Committee Rm. 1, 150 Borough Dr.; McCowan Rd. and Ellesmere Rd.
- September 21: Etobicoke Civic Centre Council Chambers, 399 The West Mall; Burnhamthorpe and the West Mall
- September 22: Masaryk Cowan Community Recreation Centre, 220 Cowan Ave.; Dufferin St. and Queen St. West
Please note that if ASL Interpreting or Attendant Care is required, you can contact Patricia Boultbee at 416-392-6733 or firstname.lastname@example.org, at least 7 days before the meeting you plan to attend.