You are invited to attend an Expert Panel Discussion on the Emerald Ash Borer beetle and its effect on Ottawa’s tree canopy and the health of the City’s residents. Similar to the panel last Fall, this Spring event includes expert tree service providers and scientists who are working on the problem daily. People who are willing to share their knowledge and expertise with you so you can better inform Ottawa residents living in your communities about their options.
People like Joe Meating, President of BioForest, the company who developed TreeAzin. And, Bruce Gill from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency who is going to update us on the progress they’re making on the parasitic wasp front. In China, three parasitic wasps keep the EAB in check. Joining us again are representatives from TreeFeed.ca and Davey Tree, two tree servicing companies operating in Ottawa who deal with EAB infected ashes on a daily basis.
New to the panel this Spring is Dr. Curtis Lavoie from CHEO. Dr. Lavoie will speak about the health affects of losing a large portion of mature trees in an urban environment. American research studies are starting to come in and its not pretty. With 25% of Ottawa’s tree canopy made up of Ash trees, it appears we can expect an increase in health related problems.
While this is not a happy issue, it is an important issue for residents to be aware of and informed on. Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation floating around the City about residents’ options, so we urge you to come to this very informative meeting to get the truth from those who know it.
The meeting is May 13, 2013, at 7pm in the Ottawa Citizen Community Room, 1101 Baxter Road, Ottawa. (See link above for more details.)