Emerald ash borer arrives in Ripley, Point Clark

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By Barb McKay

The dreaded emerald ash borer has been discovered in Ripley and Point Clark, an indication it is making its way north.

Huron-Kinloss community services director Mike Fair confirmed to council last Monday that the invasive beetle was found in ash trees on private properties in the township.

The emerald ash borer, which burrows into ash trees, killing the trees, first arrived in the outskirts of the township in Lucknow two years ago. Since that time, Huron-Kinloss and Kincardine have been taking inventory of the ash trees within their municipalities with the aim of coming up with a plan to deal with an invasion. The plan could involve removing some trees before they become infested and die, creating a potential liability for the municipalities if they should fall.

Fair said most of the trees along the Lake Huron shoreline are ash trees. He is encouraging property owners to identify ash trees on their properties and determine if they are healthy.

“If you aren’t sure if you have (the emerald ash borer) or an ash tree there’s a lot of information out there on the Internet or call a tree expert and they’ll be able to help you,” he said, stressing the importance of being proactive.

Fair also asks that residents not cut down ash trees on their properties themselves to prevent the spread of the emerald ash borer, but rather contact the township.