New Emerald Ash Borer Rules Worry Forestry Expert

A Forestry Specialist with the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority feels a new federal plan to control the movement of the Emerald Ash Borer has the potential to have the exact opposite affect.

The plan by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency would see all isolated areas in Ontario and Quebec that have been infected by the Emerald Ash Borer consolidated into one large area.
Movement of any Ash products out of the those isolated areas is prohibited, and by creating one large area, movement within that area could be regulated.

But specialist Ian Jean is concerned that the new regulation will allow free movement of any wood products within the new consolidated area, and that will accelerate the movement of the Emerald Ash Borer into areas that are currently not infected.

He adds people in the non-infected areas will likely be quite concerned.