Inspectors checking urban forest health

Published on Tuesday, 09 July 2024 13:50

Some Dauphin residents may be receivng a knock on their door as Manitoba Forestry and Peatlands Branch staff complete surveys for Dutch Elm Disease and elm firewood, as well as monitoring for invasive forest pests.

Provincial inspectors will be driving or walking around the community to look for Dutch Elm Disease infected trees and elm firewood with bark attached. Elm firewood spreads Dutch Elm Disease and is illegal to store.

But it is not just Dutch Elm Disease that is being targetted.

“I think they are looking for Emerald Ash Borer and apparently it’s not here yet, thankfully,” deputy city manager Lisa Gaudet said.

“But they do monitor for that. They’re keeping a close eye on Emerald Ash Borer.”

Inspectors will be wearing high visibility vests and government issued identification.

They will be surveying both private and public property and may not approach every resident or house before entering onto properties to conduct inspections.

Inspectors will knock on doors prior to taking branch samples, marking Dutch Elm Disease infected trees, or marking elm firewood for removal under the Dutch Elm Disease Management Program and The Forest Health Protection Act.

Gaudet said the surveys are part of a city and provincial partnership to combat urban forest threats.

“They identify the trees and they provide a list for the rapid removals later this summer. We usually remove about 18 to 20 trees via rapid removal,” she said.

“Then in the fall they give me the full list of Dutch Elm Disease trees that need to be removed. I release an RFP (request for proposals) in the fall and contract someone to remove them in January and February each year.”

Dauphin residents are advised inspectors may be working in the evenings and on weekends.

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