August 15, 2012
The Town of Oakville is calling on the federal and provincial governments to step up and join the fight against the emerald ash borer.

Council voted to ask the federal and provincial governments to establish urban forestry mandates and programs, including funding assistance to municipalities for the control and management of the borer and any future significant imported diseases and insects.

The Town of Oakville has a budget of $1.4 million to fight EAB in 2012, which includes injecting hundreds of municipal ash trees with a bioinsecticide.
Oakville says the municipalities should not have to bear the cost of fighting the ash borer.

Council also points out that Canadian forestry programs and research are currently focused solely on industrial forests and not urban tree planting, appropriate species research and insect control management.