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Tree saplings available at no charge to County residents through Emerald Ash Borer Replacement Tree Program

Posted on Monday February 04, 2019

Cobourg, ON – February 4, 2019 – While spring still appears on the distant horizon, Northumberland County residents are invited to apply now to obtain tree saplings at no charge this spring from the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority, as part of the County’s Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Replacement Tree Program.

This five-year program, subsidized by the County, is available to all residents of Northumberland. Each resident may order between 10 to 500 trees to plant on private property. All 2019 orders are due by March 31 and will be available for pickup in the spring at the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority in Port Hope.

“Through this program, we will subsidize 12,000 trees annually, for a total of 60,000 trees throughout the duration of the program,” states County Forest Manager Todd Farrell. “This program will help us increase our community’s natural diversity through the planting of native species that will thrive in our local ecosystem.”

This program is designed to replace trees that are being removed as part of the County’s 10-year plan to remove and replace hazardous trees. This plan was developed in response to EAB, an invasive boring insect that attacks and kills ash trees. To prevent injury or damage from falling trees, the County will be removing ash trees over 10 centimeters in diameter from County right-of-ways until 2028. For every one ash tree removed along County roads, the County will subsidize approximately ten native trees for residents to plant on private property.

“The EAB Replacement Tree Program is a great opportunity for all Northumberland residents to access native tree saplings,” states Pam Lancaster, Stewardship Technician with the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority. “Planting a tree sapling is a great way to enhance your property while supporting the ecological vitality of our community.”

For more information about the program and to apply to receive free saplings, visit www.grca.on.ca/programs-stewardship.

For more information about the Emerald Ash Borer and our EAB Management Plan, please visit www.northumberlandcounty.ca/EABplan.

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