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Regional Strategy

York Region Strategy

The approach York Region is taking is a strategy involving public awareness, monitoring of “hot spots”, development and distribution of educational materials, removal and replacement of affected trees, and limited treatment of street trees of significant value (eg. large canopy trees, trees of cultural significance).  York Region advises that most ash trees in York Region will be dead in ten years.

Town staff has been working closely with the Region of York Forestry Department as well as management representatives from our nine area municipalities on the Emerald Ash Borer Technical Working Group in formulating a cohesive planned approach in managing all aspects of this issue. For more information regarding the Region's strategy plan please visit York Region's emerald ash borer web page.

York Region advises that emerald ash borer is found in East Gwillimbury

In East Gwillimbury the active approach to determining whether emerald ash borer has reached our area has been annual monitoring.  In 2011,emerald ash borer was only found south of Newmarket, with the highest areas of infestation being in Vaughan, Richmond Hill and Markham.  On August 8, 2012 York Region issued a press release confirming the presence of emerald ash borer in all nine local municipalities. 

Review East Gwillimbury's Strategy for managing the effects of emerald ash borer.