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225 East Beaver Creek Road, Ground Floor, Richmond Hill, ON L4B 3P4
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Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is a non-native, wood-boring beetle that attacks and kills ash trees. While EAB poses no health risk to humans or pets, ash trees of all species and sizes (with the exception of Mountain Ash) are susceptible to attack. Richmond Hill, like many communities in York Region and throughout southern Ontario, has been impacted by EAB. It is expected that EAB will kill all of the ash trees in Richmond Hill in the next 2 to 4 years. On this page, you'll find information about:
|How to identify an ash tree and EAB infestation|
What does an ash tree look like?
Ash trees have the following features:
What does an EAB infested ash tree look like?
EAB infested ash trees have the following signs:
Ongoing ash tree removals and replacements on public property
Ash tree removal/replacement program and wood chip giveaway
The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is expected to kill all of the ash trees in Richmond Hill in the next 2 to 4 years. The Town is implementing a management strategy for ash trees on public property:
Ash trees that were removed this winter will be replaced this year. Replanting will begin in parks at the end of May and on streets this fall.
Wood Chip Giveaway
Looking for wood chips for your garden? Free wood chips are available for pick up (April to the end of October) at Richmond Green, 1300 Elgin Mills Road East. The pile is located at the west end of the parking lot in front of Tom Graham arena. Please help yourself.
Using woodchips in your garden means less weeding, less watering, faster plant growth, protection from overheated soils during hot summers, added nutrients to your soil and less bruised fruit under fruit trees!
Richmond Hill's plan to manage ash trees on public property
Ash trees on public property
In Richmond Hill, we value our natural tree cover and are committed to protecting it. Our EAB Management Strategy aims to reduce the significant aesthetic, environmental and financial impacts of EAB on Richmond Hill by treating the largest and healthiest trees while replacing smaller affected trees over time. Implementation of the Management Strategy is underway.
We are treating some of the largest and healthiest ash trees along streets and in parks with pesticide (TreeAzin™) to help minimize damage caused by EAB. However, the Town will not treat all ash trees. Property owners may apply for a permit to treat Town-owned ash trees adjacent to their property with TreeAzin™, at their own expense, by completing the following application.
Completed application forms can be emailed to email@example.com; dropped off at Richmond Hill's main Municipal Offices, 225 East Beaver Creek Road, 5th floor; or mailed to Town of Richmond Hill, Attention: Natural Environment, 225 East Beaver Creek Road, 5th floor, Richmond Hill, ON L4B 3P4.
|What you should do if you have an ash tree on your private property|
Ash trees on private property
Property owners are responsible for trees on private property. If you have an ash tree on your property and suspect an EAB infestation we urge you to consult with a professional arborist about management options that will protect your property and ensure your safety. Arborists can be found in the Yellow Pages and other business directories. You should choose an arborist certified with the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), registered with the American Society of Consulting Arborists (ASCA), or Provincially qualified Arborists and Utility Arborists by the College of Trades. Make sure to ask if there is a fee for inspection and quotes, as some companies provide these services free of charge.
It is recommended that property owners ask about options for tree protection, tree removal* and tree replacement. In addition, ensure that you get multiple estimates for any tree work.
*Permit fees for ash tree removal will be waived for the duration of the EAB Management Strategy (10 years), but an application must still be submitted to obtain a permit. Please visit RichmondHill.ca/TreeBylaw for more information.
Beaver Woodland Restoration Project
Beaver Woodland is the forested area directly east of David Hamilton Park. A significant portion of this forest was made up of ash trees which have been killed by the Emerald Ash Borer. As a result, it is in poor health and vulnerable to undesirable plants which grow aggressively and have the ability to destroy our unique environment.
Forest restoration work 2017-2022
Restoration work will include:
Our goal is to restore Beaver Woodland to a healthy and diverse urban forest while maintaining it as a recreational site for trail users. While the removal of dead trees and herbicide treatment of invasive plants will change the appearance of the forest, this is a temporary and necessary step to create space for new trees that will bring Beaver Woodland back to a healthy forest for the community to enjoy.
Visit the Canadian Food Inspection Agency for more information about EAB.