Atlantic Regional Urban Forest Update October 2019

Heather Fraser

Regional Representative Atlantic Region, Représentante de la région atlantique du RCFU

The Atlantic Region saw a slow start to summer with June being a rainy month, July and August having typical seasonal temperatures. Urban centres were busy with tree inventories, maintenance and planting of trees.

September proved to be problematic due to Hurricane Dorian which was the most intense tropical cyclone on record to strike the Bahamas. Dorian made its way to the Atlantic region and was the first major hurricane of the 2019 hurricane season. When the storm hit on September 5 it was a Category 2 storm which led to many communities losing power for days. Many trees were damaged or lost. There was heavy rainfall (over 120 mm) in Moncton NB over a 24-hour period with very strong winds reaching over 100 km/hr.

Many municipalities across the Maritimesexperienced major problems due to this storm. Several weeks later crews continued clearing debris and need assessments were completed to plan for what needs to be replanted/replaced in 2020.

Atlantic Conference Update
Plans are now completed for the next Atlantic Urban Forest Conference taking place in Halifax Nova Scotia on November 13 and 14 at the Best Western Plus Chocolate Lake.

The next HortEast Conference is being held in Moncton NB at Casino NB on November 20, 21 and 22, 2019 this is an annual trade show for those who have an interest in the landscape industry in Atlantic Canada and surrounding areas focusing on seminars and exhibits for:

  • Landscape Design, Maintenance and Construction Professionals
  • Greenhouse and Nursery Operators
  • Municipalities
  • Tree Specialists
  • Garden Centre Operators
  • Lawn Care Specialists
  • Turf Producers
  • Golf Course Professionals

Network with new and old friends at social events (welcome reception and kitchen party), learn at pre-show workshops and conference sessions, participate in industry exams and visit over 50 exhibitors from across Canada.

Many Maritime communities are now dealing with EAB and plans are underway to look at various options for treatment/budgets/future plans for ash trees using other Canadian Municipalities experiences to assist with these new pest issues in the East.


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