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
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.