City trying to manage pests that could harm Elm and Ash trees

The City of Fredericton is busy dealing with several threats to the community's Elm and Ash trees. 

In addition to managing the spread of the disease through removal of diseased Elms, crews began an inoculation program to slow the spread of Dutch Elm Disease on City-owned trees. 
That pilot project saw trees greater than 30cm and located primarily in the downtown and old Devon inoculated with a bio-control vaccine for elms.

In a release the City says it's also preparing for the arrival of the Emerald Ash Borer Beetle.

It was first detected in North America in 2002 and estimated to cost Canadian municipalities $2 billion in management costs over the next 30 years.

The beetle is a highly destructive pest that has killed millions of ash trees across the continent and arrived in Edmundston earlier this year. 

Coun. Henri Mallet, Chair of the City of Fredericton Community Services Committee says the beetle and Dutch Elm Disease are real dangers to the community's Ash and Elm trees and staff is working hard to protect the city from the pest.

Homeowners are being asked to watch Elm and Ash trees on their property and report any trees that have been infected.