EMERALD ASH BORER CONFIRMED IN HAMILTON, ONTARIO

OTTAWA, February 27, 2009 - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has confirmed the presence of the emerald ash borer (EAB) in the City of Hamilton, Ontario. The infested trees are located in the Upper Wentworth Street and Concession Street area.

The CFIA will be carrying out increased surveying of trees in the area to determine the extent of the infestation and affected property owners will be notified. Regulatory measures to control the spread of this pest will be based on information obtained through the surveys.

The EAB is a destructive beetle that has already killed a large number of ash trees in Ontario and north eastern U.S., and poses a major economic threat to urban and forested areas of North America. Although there have been numerous finds of this pest in Ontario and one location in Quebec, the CFIA continues to work with its partners and stakeholders towards the goal of slowing its spread.

The emerald ash borer does not spread quickly on its own. The key challenge in limiting the spread of this beetle is to get people to stop moving infested wood materials - such as logs, branches, nursery stock, and chips - to non-infested locations. Area residents can play a key part in helping to control the spread of EAB by avoiding actions that would promote its infestation.

We all have a responsibility to protect Canada's forests.

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

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Canadian Food Inspection Agency
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