It would appear the City of Regina’s rigorous Dutch Elm Disease prevention program is paying off.
Russel Eirich is the Manager of Forestry, Horticulture and Pest Control with the City of Regina.
He says there were no new cases of the tree-killing disease reported this week.
“This has been our first week of the summer that we haven’t had a case of Dutch Elm Disease to report,” Eirich said. “So, we’re still holding at 9. I”m hopeful that’s where we’re going to finish off for the summer.”
Eirich says the average loss of trees to Dutch Elm is about five.
He says the goal is to lose less than one-percent of the elm trees a year.
“We average about 5 trees a year right now,” Eirich said. “One of the things about a good Dutch Elm Disease program is the goal is to lose less than one-percent of your trees a year. So, when we have 70-thousand elm trees in the city and we’ve lost 9, we’ve met those targets.”
There are 70-thousand elm trees in Regina