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“Rising up from the Ashes”

Tree species devastated by blight and insects aren’t truly gone until their genetics disappear. Ron Casier, chair of the Canadian Chestnut Council, displayed an American chestnut seedling in Delhi this week that is immune to a killer blight that descended on North America in 1904. A similar genetic rescue of ash trees is underway in southern Ontario. Click here to read the full article in the Simcoe Reformer.

Cold snap is not ALL bad

If you’ve been grumbling at all about the recent cold snaps, the up side could be some degree of damage to Emerald Ash Borer populations… sustained air temperatures of -25 have the potential to bring about a 50% mortality rate, rising to 75% at -30. Read more in this CBC News article.

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