Emerald ash borer confirmed in Vancouver

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has confirmed the presence of emerald ash borer (EAB – Agrilus planipennis) in the City of Vancouver, British Columbia. These detections, which are outside of currently regulated areas for emerald ash borer in Canada, are the first detections of EAB larvae in BC. The CFIA has put movement restrictions in place to protect Canada’s landscape and economy by preventing the spread of emerald ash borer to non-infested areas of Canada. Effective April 2024, the movement of all ash material such as logs, branches, and woodchips, and all species of firewood from the affected sites, is restricted. Native to eastern Asia, this pest was first discovered in other parts of Canada and the US in 2002. The EAB has killed millions of ash trees in Southwestern Ontario, Michigan and surrounding states, and poses a major economic and environmental threat to urban and forested areas in both countries.

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