Emerald Ash Borer-Urban Forest Project in Ward 13

Our tree canopy is seriously challenged with several problems simultaneously. One of the most pressing problems is the assault of all our ash trees by the Emerald Ash Borer.

Here's how to identify an ash tree

We are looking for volunteers to address this challenge. If you have expertise which you can share (tree identification, arborist, communications) or if you are ready to acquire some knowledge and assist in canvassing households, businesses, schools, residents' associations, faith groups etc. in this connection, please contact Rita at (416) 766 6331 or through saveourash.ca/contact.

We have learned that only if an ash tree is less than 30% infested is it a candidate for treatment by TreeAzin, and that this treatment must be administered by a registered arborist, and only during the months when the tree is actively growing (spring to mid to late August). This is the critical year.

We can still save some of our ash trees. It's well worth the effort. We can learn to better safeguard our urban forest. Please help out.

  Let's give it our best shot in these coming weeks! We have the opportunity to help fellow residents learn to identify ash trees, to take action to save those which are still savable, and to plant new trees of other species to replace the many ash trees we will surely lose.
    We have secured materials and routes for canvassing. Rita Bijons is happy to be the canvass co-ordinator, and is available for canvassing during the following blocks of time:

Friday, August 16            10:30am - 1pm     Meet at 10:30 am (to 10:45 am) at Runnymede subway station, east exit (Kennedy). Look for green EAB sign.

Friday, August 16            2 - 4:30 pm     Meet at 2 pm (to 2:15 pm) at Runnymede subway station, east exit (Kennedy). Look for green EAB sign.

Friday, August 16            5:30pm -  7:45pm     Meet at 5:30 pm (to 5:45 pm) at Runnymede subway station, east exit (Kennedy). Look for green EAB sign.

Saturday, August 17            10:30am - 1pm    Meet at 10:30 am (to 10:45 am) at  Jane subway station, east exit (Armadale). Look for green EAB sign.

Saturday, August 17            2 -  4:30pm    Meet at 2 pm (to 2:15 pm) at Jane subway station, east exit (Armadale). Look for green EAB sign.

Sunday, August 18            1- 3:30pm    Meet at 1 pm (to 1:15 pm) at Jane subway station, east exit (Armadale). Look for green EAB sign.

Sunday, August 18            4-6pm        Meet at 4 pm (to 4:15 pm) at Jane subway station, east exit (Armadale). Look for green EAB sign.

Monday, August 19            10:30am - 1pm        Meet at 10:30 am (to 10:45 am) at Jane subway station, east exit (Armadale). Look for green EAB sign.

Monday, August 19            2 - 4:30pm        Meet at 2 pm (to 2:15 pm) at Jane subway station, east exit (Armadale). Look for green EAB sign.

Tuesday, August 20            10:30am - 1pm    Meet at 10:30 am (to 10:45) at Runnymede station, east exit (Kennedy). Look for green EAB sign.

Tuesday, August 20            2- 4:30pm        Meet at 2 pm (to 2:15 pm) at Runnymede station, east exit (Kennedy). Look for green EAB sign.

 

Please register for the above door-to-door canvass sessions through:

http://www.yourleaf.org/door-door-canvassing-events

Or, you may contact Rita regarding your availability to canvass by either:
1. phoning her at home (416) 766 6331 (prior to 9:45 am daily; then after 8:15 pm until 10 pm daily.) Please note that this is a land line; she has no cell. So please do contact her in advance of canvasses.  or
2. e-mailing Rita through the contact form at
    www.saveourash.ca/contact
    NB Please be sure to type SOS Save Our Ash / EAB Canvass!  in the subject line.

    Please dress for the weather. Bring a clipboard, pen, water and your enthusiasm!

 Other opportunities to canvass may be discussed by phone or by email.

 Please bring a bike or TTC fare as routes vary.

 

We also have coroboard signs which read:

Warning! Ash Alert! This, and all 860,000 ash trees in Toronto are under assault by the Emerald Ash Borer. Without action, the Emerald Ash Borer will devastate the entire Ash population in North America. Your help is needed! Visit   www.saveourash.ca

We welcome your input as to locations to post these -- at the foot of ash trees in places within public view.

Thank you for your part in safeguarding our urban forest!
 

Green 13 is pleased to offer bursaries for individuals in our ward who want to update their tree knowledge. Find out more.

To stay up-to-date on the progress of the Emerald Ash Borer project go to www.saveourash.ca.