The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has updated its regulated areas for emerald ash borer (EAB) to include a new area in Manitoba and to expand the areas in Quebec. This change is due to new detections of EAB in Winnipeg and southern Quebec in 2017 and is intended to slow the insect’s spread. In Manitoba, the new regulated area is the City of Winnipeg.
Effective immediately, the movement of ash materials, including logs, branches and woodchips, and all species of firewood from the affected site is restricted. If you need to move regulated articles such as ash logs and branches or firewood of any species out of the EAB regulated areas, please contact your local CFIA office to request written authorization.
Although the emerald ash borer poses no threat to human health, it is highly destructive to ash trees. It has already killed millions of ash trees in Ontario, Quebec and the United States, and poses a major economic and environmental threat to urban and forested areas of North America. The CFIA continues to work with federal, provincial, and municipal government partners to slow the spread of this pest.
- Moving untreated firewood is a common way for invasive insects and diseases to spread.
- The emerald ash borer is native to China and eastern Asia. Its presence in Canada was first confirmed in 2002.
- Prior to these new detections, the emerald ash borer was known to be present only in certain areas of Ontario and Quebec. Affected areas are regulated by the CFIA to protect Canada’s forests, municipal trees and nurseries.