The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has devastated ash trees in southwestern Ontario and parts of the United States since its discovery in Detroit, Michigan in 2002. EAB is an introduced insect pest from Asia that attacks and kills all species of ash (Fraxinus) trees. Note that the mountain ash tree is not a true ash tree (Sorbus americana) and is not threatened by this pest.
In June 2016, the Emerald Ash Borer was officially confirmed in Thunder Bay. Read the City's news release announcing the discovery: Adobe PDF, 1 page, 128 KB
The City of Thunder Bay EAB Management Report was brought to Council on July 18th 2016 City of Thunder Bay Emerald Ash Borer Strategic Management Plan 2014
Read the Report to Council: EAB Report to City Council 2016
Public Information Sessions were held in partnership with the Invasive Species Centre on July 19 & 20. Read more: Adobe PDF, 1 page, 324 KB
Renowned scientist, Dr. Krista Ryall, joined the City and Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry in August to analyze samples from municipal ash trees in Thunder Bay. Read more: Adobe PDF, 1 page, 208 KB
If you think you have found an EAB beetle please call the CFIA at 1-866-463-6017.
EAB and Ash Tree Identification Guide Adobe PDF, 1 page, 31 5KB
Pests that are not EAB but look similar: EAB look-a-likes
EAB is a major economic and environmental threat that has killed more than 20 million ash trees in Ontario. EAB was detected in Thunder Bay on June of 2016. In Thunder Bay, with over 25% of our city's municipal trees (and an unknown number of private trees) being ash, the invasion of this pest is of great concern. Learn how to properly ID ash trees (Fraxinus) and the Emerald Ash Borer beetle and don't move firewood. Let's prevent it's further spread!
The City of Thunder Bay, together with the Ministry of Natural Resources, Canadian Food Inspection Agency and a number of public, private and non-profit agencies have joined together as the Emerald Ash Borer Task Force Northwestern Ontario to address the threat that EAB poses to Northwestern Ontario. EAB Partners include:
The EAB Task Force is currently developing strategies for the potential arrival of EAB to the northwestern region which includes: