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This article was published 17/10/2017 (1386 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Winnipeg has one of the largest remaining mature urban elm forests in North America, but that’s is a problematic distinction.
Dutch elm disease is slowly eroding away the city’s green canopy, with more than 6,000 elms slated to be removed this year.
Winnipeg’s ash trees are also in danger.
The city is bracing for the inevitable arrival of the emerald ash borer beetle, which is an invasive species that cannot be eradicated once here. The beetle’s arrival has the potential to wipe out all of Winnipeg’s ash trees.
Recently, the City of Winnipeg published its full inventory of trees, which helps provide a visual understanding of just how common ash and elm trees are here.
The data, which only includes trees on city property and doesn’t include Assiniboine Park, accounts for roughly one per cent of Winnipeg’s estimated eight million trees.