Emerald Ash Borer - Prevent the Spread
Help Prevent the Spread of
Recently determined to be a potential threat to this area, the emerald ash borer has killed millions of ash trees in southwestern Ontario, Michigan and surrounding states. It poses a major economic and environmental threat to urban and forested areas in both countries.
The emerald ash borer attacks and kills all species of ash, except mountain ash which is not a true ash. With artificial spread, where people move infested ash materials and firewood to new areas, this insect can quickly spread to other areas of Canada.
Federal regulatory measures prohibit the movement of specific materials including any ash material and firewood of all species from specific areas of Ontario and Quebec. Anyone violating these restrictions is subject to a fine and/or prosecution.
Slowing the spread of emerald ash borer will protect Canada's environment and forest resources. It also helps keep international markets open to the forest industry and nurseries in non-regulated parts of Ontario and Quebec and in the rest of Canada.
For more information on the emerald ash borer, please call 1-866-463-6017.
Moving firewood, even just a few kilometres, can spread invasive species to our forests. It might seem difficult to imagine, but something as simple as bringing your own firewood when you travel to or from your favourite campsite could threaten and destroy thousands, even millions, of trees.
What you can do
- Don't move firewood.
- Buy and burn local firewood only.
- Learn where your firewood comes from.
- Find out if you are living in or travelling to an area regulated for an invasive pest.
- Leave natural items in their natural habitats.
How firewood spreads invasive species
Transportation of firewood is a common way for invasive species to spread. Hidden under the bark where you can't see them, these pests are moved across Canada.
One invasive species in particular, the emerald ash borer, has killed millions of ash trees in the United States and Canada since it was first introduced in 2002. On its own, it doesn't move very far. In fact, the emerald ash borer naturally spreads only a few kilometres each year. Humans, on the other hand, have helped this insect travel hundreds of kilometres from where it was first introduced into North America. Help slow its spread to new areas: don't move infested materials like firewood.
Where it is a problem?
Invasive species can affect us all, no matter where we live. You never know what might be hiding in or under the bark, just waiting to be carried to a new area within Canada.
These pests can cause trees to disappear from our forests, cities, streets and parks. This can affect air and water quality, as well as natural food sources. It can deprive citizens of shade and animals of habitat while damaging private property and reducing land value.
Did you know that moving firewood to or from certain places can be against the law?
You could face penalties of up to $50 000 and/or prosecution if you move firewood out of an area regulated for an invasive species unless you have prior approval from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
Stop the spread of invasive insects and diseases
An invasive species can be any plant, animal, aquatic life or micro-organism that spreads when introduced outside of its natural distribution, and causes serious and often irreversible damage to our ecosystems, economy and society.