On June 10th , The Tree Town Hall in Wolseley brought together members of Winnipeg’s Urban Forestry Department (UFD) and Trees Winnipeg to deliver some good news, as well as a warning, to a large audience of Wolseley residents: the fight to preserve our urban forest isn’t over yet.
While UFD has caught up on the backlog of boulevard tree re-plantings in our neighbourhood, and promises to stump and replace those taken down this summer within two years, Winnipeg is now facing serious threats to its ash trees. Two pests, cottony ash psylid and the emerald ash borer, may well result in the loss of almost half-a-million ash
Wolseley is fortunate. Only a small portion of our urban forest, 17%, is made up of ash trees, while 50% is composed of Elms. As a result the primary focus here will continue to be on the fight against Dutch Elm Disease. For more information on Wolseley’s forest, Winnipeg’s urban forest as a whole and the current threats to ash trees see the power point presentations below.
So what does it all mean?
In response to the continuing problem of Dutch Elm Disease and the looming crisis with our ash trees, UFD’s aim is to diversify Winnipeg’s urban forest as quickly as possible, to ensure, that in future, no one pest can wipe out a huge swath of our forest.
That plan is already underway, with a wide variety of trees now being planted on boulevards, parks and public land across the city. As a result, our neighbourhood and others across Winnipeg will feature a very different tree canopy in the future – one that is as bio-diverse as our human community. For more information on the tree varieties UFD is now planting on city land click here.
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