Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed in Papineau

November 15, 2012, Ottawa: The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has confirmed the presence of the emerald ash borer (EAB) in the Municipalité régionale de comté (MRC) de Papineau, Quebec. The emerald ash borer was discovered in a trap placed in the township of Lochaber by the Ministère des Ressources naturelles du Québec.

Movement restrictions, which prohibit the movement of all ash materials—such as logs, branches and wood chips from the affected site, have been put in place. The property owner of the affected site has been notified of these restrictions. Further regulatory measures will be considered once all survey work has been completed.

With this find, EAB has now been confirmed to be present in seven areas in Quebec, and in 27 Ontario counties. Although EAB does not pose a risk to human health, it is a highly destructive beetle. It has already killed millions of ash trees in Ontario, Quebec and the United States, and poses a major economic and environmental threat to urban and forested areas of North America.

EAB is established in several areas of Canada and can spread rapidly if it is moved by people. The public can help control the spread of EAB by not moving potentially infested materials such as all species of firewood or any ash materials such as logs, branches, nursery stock, chips or other ash wood.

The CFIA continues to work with federal, provincial and municipal governments towards slowing the spread of EAB. We all have a responsibility to protect Canada’s forests.

Additional information is available on the CFIA website at www.inspection.gc.ca/pests or by calling 1-866-463-6017.

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