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Emerald Ash Borer Arrives in Muskoka

Posted: 2018-11-12 13:57:55 By: hbr

The invasive emerald ash borer has arrived in Muskoka and it's likely to have devastating consequences for the region’s ash trees.

During the most recent Bracebridge general committee meeting, councilors heard that ash borer traps have yielded two of the insects for the first time ever.

Emerald ash borer is a highly destructive invasive pest that arrived from Asia, most likely in untreated ash wood used for packing material. Although it had previously been reported in Rama Township and Simcoe County, this marks the first time it has ever been found in Muskoka.

Coun. Rick Maloney, who sits on the Town’s environmental advisory committee, said one ash borer was found in south Gravenhurst and the other near Golden Beach Road in Bracebridge.

The Muskoka Conservancy said the locations suggested that the bugs had not migrated naturally into the area, but instead had been imported through the transportation of contaminated firewood.

Maloney said the discovery is “very concerning,” and the Town's now working with the Conservancy to expand trapping efforts and increase awareness.