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City Hosts Emerald Ash Borer Invasive Pest Workshops

November 5, 2010 – The City of Thunder Bay will host two ‘Planning for Emerald Ash Borer in Northwestern Ontario’ workshops on Nov. 17 and 18 on behalf of Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources.

“These workshops will present the Province’s top experts in the field of invasive species management and we look forward to the wealth of knowledge they will bring to Northwestern Ontario,” said Rena Viehbeck, Urban Forestry Program Specialist.

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is a major economic and environmental threat that has killed more than 20 million ash trees in Ontario. EAB’s rapid spread has brought it as close to Northwestern Ontario as Sault Saint Marie, ON and St Paul, MN. These workshops have two primary objectives which are to educate participants about invasive pests, including EAB, with an emphasis on detection and prevention, and begin the process of developing a coordinated strategy for the management of EAB in Northwestern Ontario.

Members of the public are invited to attend one of two workshop options:

  • A Public Information Session from 7 - 8:30 pm on Nov. 17, at the Oliver Road Community Centre (no registration required), or 
  • A full-day Planning and Education Workshop from 7:30 am - 5 pm, Nov. 18 at the Nor’Wester Best Western Hotel. 

During the full-day workshop, attendees will focus on insect education and identification and developing a management strategy for Emerald Ash Borer in Northwestern Ontario.

All workshops are of no cost. Registrations must be received by Friday, Nov. 12. 

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Contact:  Shelley Vescio, City Forester, 625-2473