FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 17, 2018 (Ottawa, ON) — Tree Canada, Canada’s leading national tree-planting charity, and BioForest Technologies Inc. are pleased to announce the five communities receiving support to protect ash trees from the Emerald Ash Borer.

The donations of TreeAzin™ (a product used to protect ash trees) are part of Tree Canada’s #Operation ReLeaf Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) program, made possible through the generous support of BioForest Technologies Inc.

Of the many applications received from a number of Canadian communities, the five successful recipients are:

  1. Blainville, QC
  2. Belleville, ON
  3. Pointe-Claire, QC
  4. Winnipeg, MB
  5. Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, ON

The pest, originally from Asia, was first detected in 2002 in southern Ontario, however its range has since expanded into new regions across the country. Since 2013, Tree Canada has been fighting the spread of EAB in Canada by partnering with municipalities in Ontario and Quebec. Communities use TreeAzin™ along with other management techniques to minimize the effects of the beetle.One of the best ways to prevent the spread of the pest is to prohibit the movement of any ash trees or firewood from an infested area.

Quotes:

“We appreciate the cooperation of the many municipalities affected by Emerald Ash Borer in Quebec,Ontario, Manitoba and New Brunswickand are thankful to our partner BioForest Technologies Inc. for helping  protect ash trees.. We urge people to think twice about moving firewood, a major vector for this and other tree pests.”

– Michael Rosen, President of Tree Canada

Interested individuals, businesses or municipalities looking for funding to fight the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer are encouraged to visit https://treecanada.ca/operationreleaf/.

 About Tree Canada

Tree Canada is a non-profit charity dedicated to improving the lives of Canadians by planting and nurturing trees. Since 1992, we’ve planted more than 80 million trees, greened more than 600 schoolyards, helped restore places hit by natural disasters and brought together urban forestry experts greening cities all across Canada. Get involved or learn more about us at treecanada.ca.

About #OperationReLeaf

Tree Canada’s #OperationReLeaf programs have been helping communities recover from natural disasters and pests for more than 20 years. The first #OperationReLeaf was launched following the 1996 floods in Saguenay, Quebec. Tree Canada’s currently active #OperationReLeafs are focused on fighting Mountain Pine Beetle in Alberta, Emerald Ash Borer in Quebec and our efforts to restore community greenspaces in Fort McMurray and British Columbia following the devastating fires in 2016 and 2017.

More information:

Tree Canada’s #OperationReLeaf program

Tree Canada

Contact:

Paul Jorgenson
Manager of Communications and Marketing, Tree Canada
pjorgenson@treecanada.ca
819-208-8230 (cellular)