Emerald ash borer confirmed in Gaspésie


Pest detected outside the regulated area

OTTAWA, ON, July 11, 2022 /CNW/ – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has confirmed the presence of the emerald ash borer on private property in the regional county municipality (RCM) of Avignon, in the Gaspésie-Îles- of the Madeleine Quebec. The discovery is located outside the regulated area of ​​this province, which extends from the MRC of Pontiac in the Outaouais to the MRC of Kamouraska in the Bas-Saint-Laurent.

Effective immediately, the movement of all ash material (such as logs, branches, and wood chips) and all species of firewood is restricted from the area determined by the CFIA around the affected location. The owner has been notified of these restrictions. The current restricted area may be expanded once the CFIA completes its survey work.

Although the emerald ash borer poses no threat to human health, it is very destructive to ash trees. It has already killed millions of ash trees in Canada and United Statesand poses a major economic and environmental threat to the urban and forest areas of North America.

The CFIA continues to work with federal, provincial, municipal and First Nations partners and agencies to slow the spread of this pest.

Fast facts

  • Moving untreated firewood is a common way of spreading invasive insects and disease.
  • The emerald ash borer was first confirmed in Canada in 2002. It has since been found in parts of five provinces: Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswickand New Scotland.
  • The CFIA regulates this pest to protect from Canada forests, municipal trees and nurseries.

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SOURCE Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)

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