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This article was published 13/6/2016 (1958 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
The elm trees that line our streets are a treasured and notable part of our neighbourhoods here in Daniel McIntyre.
They contribute to our urban environment, provide a beautiful canopy of greenery, and help give us a sense of place. Many other neighbourhoods in Winnipeg have lost their elm canopies due to pests and disease, so it is important for us to work together to help protect the health and longevity of our urban forest.
This year’s City of Winnipeg budget introduced significant increases for reforestation, tree replacement, and tree pruning through the Reforestation Improvement Program. The Dutch Elm Disease Control Program attempts to limit the spread of Dutch Elm Disease through the elimination of dead, dying, and diseased elm trees from both public and private property. If you see any elm trees that may be diseased, it’s important to call or email 311 to help control the spread of the disease.
Our urban forest is also facing the challenge of forest tent caterpillars this year. During severe infestations, the caterpillars will eat the leaves of ash, fruit trees, maple, oak, birch, elm, deciduous shrubs and some garden plants. Outbreaks occur about every fifteen years and last about three years. Insect Control treatment crews have begun treating selected streets that are at risk of significant loss of leaves.
Insect Management Areas to be sprayed will be announced at least eight hours in advance of spraying. You may apply for a buffer zone to exempt your property from the treatment program, but you must provide proof of residence. For more information on registering a buffer zone, visit: http://www.winnipeg.ca/publicworks/insectcontrol/mosquitoes/bufferzone.stm, or call 311. You can view the spray schedule and sign-up to receive email notifications here: http://winnipeg.ca/publicworks/insectcontrol/default.stm, or you may also contact 311.
Daniel McIntyre ward report
Cindy Gilroy is the city councillor for Daniel McIntyre.