CORNWALL/SD&G – The city’s tree expert is allaying some fears of United Counties councillors over the spreading of firewood, possibly infected with the Emerald Ash Borer.
County councillors had expressed concern earlier this year that people in SD&G would be picking up the cut firewood from the city and bringing it into the United Counties, spreading the insect in the process.
“All of Ontario is a quarantined area. So it goes right up to Thunder Bay now, it’s 150-200 kilometers in Quebec so moving firewood isn’t an issue now…the insect’s everywhere,” said Scott Porter, arborist with the City of Cornwall.
“We do tell people to keep it local but by moving firewood around, the insect is everywhere now,” he said.
Cornwall is spending nearly $34,000 this year to cut down hundreds of ash trees within the city limits to mitigate the inevitable damage from the Emerald Ash Borer.
A company from Carleton Place, Ont. was the lowest bid of three contractors who submitted bids.