Optimism ... hope ... words that describe our forests in the springtime as EVERYTHING comes to life. You can almost watch the changes!
Knowing that everything should be growing, this is a good time to gauge the forest health. Some defoliation is part of the natural cycle but it can indicate problems, particularly when it involves non-native invasive species.
This post is about three non-native bugs that are killing trees in our forests, what to look for and what you can do if you find it.
Nova Scotia might appear to have luck on her side when it comes to the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) but that would be a mistake. EAB was first found in DeWolf Park in Bedford and has spread to the surrounding area. It is poised to takeoff :-(
First identified 20 years ago in Ontario, EAB has almost eliminated all species of ash from eastern Manitoba, Southern Ontario and Southern Quebec. Many municipalities have removed dead ash trees that once lined their streets and parks.
What to look for : sections or whole trees that have no leaves. These ash trees pictured should be fully leafed out but are leafless indicating EAB has killed them.
What to do if you find it : please get a picture if possible and report your finding to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency or send it here and we will pass it along
image : (c) Ron Neville - CFIA