WINNIPEG – Ash trees in Manitoba could fall victim to a new invasive species: the Emerald Ash Borer.
That’s a beetle that feeds under the bark of ash trees, killing them by robbing them of their nutrients.
It’s not here yet, but the beetles have been found in northwestern Ontario, Wisconsin and Minnesota.
“It has been found in Duluth and more recently in Thunder Bay, which is very concerning because that’s well outside the federally-regulated area,” explains forest pest biologist Kyla Maslaniec. “It also has a climate similar to ours.”
Maslaniec tells Winnipeg’s Morning News if they do make their way here, they’ll stay.
“It would be unlikely that, if we found it, that we could eradicate it. At that point we would be looking at different management options.”
Until regulations are beefed up, Maslaniec suggests not bringing in any firewood from outside the province.