The City of Ottawa has lost thousands of ash trees due to the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). This invasive beetle, native to Asia was first detected in North America in 2002. It has since killed tens of millions of ash trees and continues to spread, causing considerable economic and ecological damage.
Starting summer 2019, the City of Ottawa will be shifting to inject ash trees every 2 years (ash trees were previously injected every year). This approach is in line with researched best practices for tree injections and is supported by monitoring of declining emerald ash borer populations. There is no action required on the part of residents. Questions can be directed to 3-1-1.
Ash tree replacement program
The South Nation Conservation Authority (SNC) offers a pilot program to replace ash trees on private property affected by the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). Cost-share funding will support the removal of the infected ash tree(s) and replacement with a native tree(s). This grant opportunity is available to all private property owners within the City of Ottawa.
Funding is allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis. It covers up to 50% to a maximum of $500/tree (removal and planting), maximum $5,000/landowner. Program guidelines and application forms are available on the SNC’s website.