Parks and forestry staff of The Niagara Parks Commission (NPC) have been monitoring and evaluating the impact of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) as it has made its way across Ontario and into the Niagara region, including within the lands protected by NPC.
This non-native insect burrows into Ash tree bark and removes the ability of the tree to retain the nutrients it will need to sustain its health and growth. In response, municipalities and agencies across Ontario have taken various measures to limit the impacts of EAB on tree lined streets and within forested areas.
NPC has developed a proactive Emerald Ash Borer Forestry Management Plan to address the impact of this particular species, which has affected the high concentration of Ash trees found in and along NPC’s Legends on the Niagara Golf Complex. As Emerald Ash Borer populations increase over time, this proactive plan will help ensure selective Ash tree protection; preserve the environmental and esthetic benefits of the tree population within Niagara Parks and support public safety through a combination of monitoring, removals, replacements, and public education strategies. One strategy to be implemented in the winter of 2015 is low-intensity thinning to take place on a 40 hectare (100 acre) parcel of land in the northeast area of Legends on the Niagara.
In 2015, as part of NPC’s efforts to proactively managing the EAB issue, while ensuring a long-term healthy tree inventory/tree canopy along the Parkway for its residents and visitors, 40,000 new trees and seedlings will be planted across NPC properties.
Help Niagara Parks Offset the Impacts of Emerald Ash Borer
The Niagara Parks Emerald Ash Borer Management Plan Donation Program allows everyone to assist in the conservation of the Niagara River’s natural environment while contributing to the stewardship legacy of Niagara Parks for the enjoyment of future generations.
For each $25 donated, two trees (approximately 90 to 100 cm in height) will be planted in south Niagara Parks, where ash trees are in high concentrations. All donations will be used directly for the purchase of native trees (Maples, Oaks, Sycamore, Tulip Tree, etc.), which will be planted and maintained by Niagara Parks staff. Specific location requests will be considered, however specific selection, timing and placement of trees will be at the sole discretion of Niagara Parks. Learn more.
For additional information:
- Emerald Ash Borer Information Boards (For accessible PDF please email Carla Howard at email@example.com)
- December 22, 2014 Media Release
Questions or Feedback
If you have any questions or to provide feedback please email Scott Priest.