UXBRIDGE: Elgin Park's ash trees appear to be the latest casualties in the township's ongoing battle with the invasive emerald ash borer.
Public Works Director Ben Kester issued a report to council at their meeting on the morning of Monday, July 15, outlining treatment options for affected ash trees.
In his report, Mr. Kester stated that the cost of treatment in the emerald ash borer inoculation process is approximately $300 per tree, and is good for two years. According to Mr. Kester, inoculation is good for two years and then has to be reapplied. These inoculations would continue for the life of the tree, or until the emerald ash borer disappears.
Mr. Kester's report concluded with the recommendation that the ash trees in Elgin Park not be inoculated, and staff be directed to plant more trees in the area of Elgin Park's ash trees to act as a replacement. According to Mr. Kester, there are approximately 10 ash trees in Elgin Park that are considered significant.
Upon hearing the news, Ward 4 Councillor Jacob Mantle continued to lobby on behalf of saving the park's significant ash trees.
"I think we should look at saving these trees. It's not just the cost of saving the tree, but the cost of replacing 100 years of growth," said Councillor Mantle. "We are still going to pay if they die a natural death or if you cut them down."
Despite Councillor Mantle's pleas, the decision to not treat affected ash trees in Elgin Park passed in a recorded vote by a 4-3 margin.
Last month, council voted to remove a dozen infected ash trees from township boulevards, with the majority of the trees located on Carmody Ln.