Regina is home to some very old and impressive elm trees.
The city wants to make sure those trees remain healthy for many more years.
With that said, officials would like to remind residents to not bring elm firewood back into the city after a camping trip, or getaway to the lake.
One log or branch may be home to thousands of beetles that carry the devastating Dutch Elm Disease.
- Three cases of Dutch Elm Disease reported in Regina this year
- Dutch Elm pruning ban underway in Saskatchewan
Ray Morgan, the city’s Director of Parks and Open Space says they have been able to control the tree killing disease fairly successfully over the years.
“Dutch Elm Disease has been in Regina since 1981, said Morgan. “The loss of trees we lose every year is between 3 and 5 trees. One year we had 11 trees that we lost.”
Morgan says for those unsure if they have picked up elm wood it usually has a more corky and deep grained look than the common ash log, which is smoother and more fine.
If you see an elm tree that is yellow in colour or drying up rapidly the city asks you call them as it may have become infected with Dutch Elm Disease.