A bug from Asia known to destroy ash trees is expected to make it’s way into the Queen City soon.
The Emerald Ash borer, originally from Asia, is expected to arrive in Regina this summer, confirmed the city’s Manager of Forestry, Pest Control and Horticulture Russell Eirich.
Once it’s in a community, Eirich said it’s expected the bug will eradicate the city’s entire ash tree population within a decade.
“If you can think of one third of the trees in the city, that’s a significant environmental risk.”
In response, the Government of Saskatchewan has banned the movement of ash wood or products from neighbouring Manitoba and the United States.
From the city’s end of things, Eirich said they’re taking action, stopping the planting of ash trees.
“Winnipeg did the same thing a couple of years ago, when Emerald Ash borer was detected in Thunder Bay, Ontario,” he noted. “They stopped their ash planting program just for that same reason.”