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OMNRF Forest Health Conditions Report Released

The most recent forest health conditions report is now available! Compiling this report is a team effort by Biodiversity and Monitoring Section’s forest health monitoring crew, who work with other MNRF staff and external partners to keep tabs on what’s bugging Ontario’s forests. Highlights from 2016: Continue reading

Tree-Killing Pests Head North

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) and Dutch Elm Disease, now common in south-central Ontario are on the move northward. See these recent articles:

1,600 parasitic wasps released in Ontario, Quebec to fight EAB

The Canadian Forest Service announced Wednesday it is releasing parasitic wasps in Ontario and Quebec this week in an effort to control the population of emerald ash borers. Read full story on CBC News. What do you think?? Leave a comment, start a discussion.

Update on EAB in Grey-Bruce

See this recent Owen Sound Sun-Times article for an update on the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer in Grey & Bruce counties. BGWA Board members Donna Lacey and Cam Bennett were featured interviewees in the story.

ow the Emerald Ash Borer sees may be key to stopping it

eabWoodlands-related news from Science Daily: This iridescent jewel beetle, responsible for the death of more than 50 million ash trees in the United States, has blazed an absolute path of destruction west since its discovery in Michigan in 2002. Recently the pest has been detected in Colorado, and just this spring it was confirmed in Nebraska and Texas. Researchers have been doing more than just watching the migration patterns — they’ve been studying the creature in hopes of helping to slow it. Read full article.

Invasive Species Awareness Campaign

Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has launched an awareness campaign to support the goals of the Invasive Species Act: to enable the prevention, early detection, rapid response and eradication of invasive species in the province. Access downloadable species fact sheets, report a sighting, view maps, and much more, at: www.ontario.ca/InvasionON

Parasitic wasps released in Ontario to combat EAB

Acccording to an article last week in The Working Forest newspaper, two species of parasitic wasps from China will be released in Ontario in an effort to combat the Emerald Ash Borer. This is part of a larger release by Natural Resources Canada, who stress that it is not a quick fix but a long-term strategy since it will take time to build up sufficient populations of these wasps.