The City of Pointe-Claire is inviting residents to a public information meeting on the fight against the emerald ash borer, to be held on at City Hall on Thursday, May 19, at 7 p.m. Information will be presented on what needs to be done, grants for preventive treatment and felling when necessary, and the City’s initiatives for public ash trees.
“Our joint actions aim to protect our urban forest and to preserve the value of our properties. Under our strategy to fight the emerald ash borer, we are providing provide financial support to homeowners who have ash trees on their property,” says Mayor Trudeau.
To date, preventive treatment with TreeAzin is the only action recommended by experts and the only action that provides relatively effective protection against the emerald ash borer. This insecticide, which must be injected at the base of the trunk by a professional, works for two years. A special rate of $3.79 per centimetre of diameter is being offered to residential addresses, and the treatment must be completed between June 15 and August 31.
For ash trees that qualify for preventive treatment, a grant equivalent to 50% of the cost of treatment is being offered to homeowners, up to a maximum of $1500 per address every two years. A grant is also offered to homeowners for the felling of an ash tree; the grant covers 50% of the cost, up to $200 per tree. A permit is required and delivered free of charge in order to proceed with the work during the specified period, between October 1 and March 14.
For more information or to make an appointment to have your ash trees inspected, please contact Public Works at 514-630-1230, [email protected].
Everyone is invited to the public information meeting for details on how to identify an ash tree, how to recognize the insect, and what financial assistance is available to homeowners. The meeting will be held at City Hall on Thursday, May 19, at 7 p.m.