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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Emerald Ash Borer Threatens County

Huron County | by Dianne Colgan  

Infestation in Huron County hasn't gotten any worse, but could very soon.

Officials are still worried about the spread of Emerald Ash Borer in Huron County.

Forest Conservation Officer Dave Pullen says the infestation here hasn't gotten any worse -- it's still only present in Goderich and some areas near Bayfield -- but that may change soon.

Pullen says the Canadian Food Inspection Agency passed a Ministerial Order last month that allows infected trees and wood to pass through Huron County from more heavily affected areas.

He says this could infect the rest of the County ash trees very quickly, and they'd rather wait for nature to bring the insect into balance without interference.

Pullen says there was no consultation done with any County officials and he recommends that Council formally object to the order and try to get it overturned.

Pullen says they also will try and appeal to industry officials and individuals to help curb the spread of EAB in Huron.


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