Effective immediately, the movement of all materials from ash trees in the City of Winnipeg is restricted, and all firewood, no matter what species, is also restricted.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) issued a notice January 24, 2018 that the City of Winnipeg is now a restricted zone due to the confirmation of the Emerald Ash Borer in St. Boniface last November.
This means that no ash logs, branches or woodchips and no firewood of any kind can be moved from the City of Winnipeg to outside areas without written authorization from CFIA. For authorization:
Contact: Jason Watts, CFIA Regional Program Officer
Read the statement from CFIA:
Read the EAB articles in the January/February 2018 issue of The Manitoba Woodlot:
The CFIA sets the regulations for the movement of wood products, logs, lumber and firewood in infected areas.
The Asian invasive pest Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) was confirmed in a Winnipeg neighbourhood on November 30, 2017. Unfortunately, once EAB has been discovered, it has likely been in the area for several years. Even with Manitoba’s extended periods of severe cold in the winter, 100-percent die-off is unlikely.
How can you help deal with EAB? Learn what to look for. This easy-to-read visual guide to identifying EAB infestations from the Canadian Forestry Service is an excellent resource.
- A Visual Guide to Detecting Emerald Ash Borer: CFS EAB ID Guide (pdf)