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CFIA Takes Further Action to Protect Trees from Emerald Ash Borer

Larger regulated area as of April 1, 2014

OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 04/01/14 -- Canadian Food Inspection Agency

As of today, most of the areas currently regulated to control Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) in Ontario and Quebec will be consolidated into one large regulated area. This will enable authorities to better protect Canada's forests by focusing on preventing EAB from spreading into new parts of Canada.

It is prohibited to move firewood of all species, as well as ash trees, ash nursery stock or ash wood (including wood chips, wood packaging or dunnage), out of this area without written permission from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). These materials could be infested and spread EAB. Moving these materials from the regulated area without permission could lead to fines and/or prosecution.

The CFIA will continue its surveillance, regulatory, enforcement and communications activities across Canada to contain EAB.

Quick Facts


--  This large area will include Highways 400, 401, 416 and 417 in Ontario
    and Highways 15, 20, 40 and 50 in Quebec.

--  The CFIA establishes regulated areas to restrict the movement of
    potentially infested wood items to new areas where the pest has not been
    found.

--  As of the 2013 survey season, EAB has been confirmed in 10
    counties/districts in Ontario, and in 10 municipalites regionales de
    comte (MRC) in the province of Quebec.

--  Since being first discovered in North America in 2002, EAB has killed
    tens of millions of ash trees in Canada and the United States and has
    cost tens of millions of dollars to home owners, levels of government,
    and industry.

Quotes

"Invasive species threaten the health of our forests and the health of our forestry industries. This measure will help slow the progress of EAB into new areas which will help keep markets open to Canadian products and protect our natural resources."

Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

"EAB is a very destructive pest, killing millions of our ash trees in Ontario and Quebec. It poses an economic and environmental threat to urban and forested areas of North America. Expanding the regulated area will enable the CFIA to focus on limiting the spread of EAB to other parts of Canada,"

Greg Wolff, CFIA's Chief Plant Health Officer

Associated Links

- Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) - Additional Information

- Updated map: Current areas regulated for EAB

- Regulated Materials

Contacts:
Media Relations
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
613-773-6600

Jeff English
Director of Communications
The Office of Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture
613-773-1059

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