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Retaining viable Ash seed: You can help

The Forest Gene Conservation Association (FGCA) needs your help to find trees with viable ash seed to bank ahead of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) impact, and to find trees that have survived an EAB infestation without being treated by the TreeAzin insecticide. We haven’t much time left before EAB reaches most of Ontario’s natural stands. Continue reading

EAB confirmed in Owen Sound

Emerald Ash Borer has been confirmed in trees in Owen Sound for the first time. City officials say the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry sampled three boulevard ash trees in the 1000 blocks of 2nd Avenue East and confirmed EAB infestation. Read full story on Bayshore News.

Perspectives on Invasive Species

A recent thought-provoking piece on the Owen Sound Hub concerning invasive species: Who’s Invading Whom. Invasive species may not be as black-and-white and issue as some might think… as one commenter remarked, “The worst invasive species is Homo sapiens.” Semi-related, another article from Owen Sound Sun-Times in July: Giant hogweed not the giant boogeyman, says weed inspector. Also notable are the BGWA members names to be found in the content and commentary on these articles… great see us “out” and talking about what we care so much about!!

16-year-old faces down emerald ash borer threat

Here’s a great story from CBC News about a young person in New Brunswick who is on a mission to help monitor and battle Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). If you know of any potential young woodland champions in Grey-Bruce perhaps send the link their way and maybe it will provide inspiration!

Spread of emerald ash borer worries First Nations basket makers

As the emerald ash borer continues to kill swaths of ash trees across Canada, First Nations communities are concerned about the cultural ramifications it will have on the resurgence of basketry. “That little beetle is my boogeyman,” said Carrie Hill, a basket maker from Akwesasne, near Cornwall, Ont. “I’ve not been afraid of anything for a long time but that little beetle is scary.” Read full story on cbcnews.ca

What does a beaver in Tuktoyaktuk mean for Grey-Bruce?

An interesting news piece on an invasive species conference held in Yellowknife, which included reports and presentations by scientists and long-time residents who know the land well. The clear conclusion is that climate change is accelerating such that habitats are noticeably shifting. If a beaver has been found near the edge of the Arctic coast, what might be coming to our region? Will Virginia Possums, who have already moved in to the area, and raccoons be fighting it out for habitat dominance 🙂

EAB on Quirks and Quarks

CBC Radio’s Quirks and Quarks aired a piece on the Emerald Ash Borer. In this audio link you will hear perhaps some of what you already knew but also some updated info which will be of interest to most BGWA members.