In June of 2016, Muskoka Conservancy, in partnership with the Town of Bracebridge launched an Emerald Ash Borer Early Detection Pilot Project.

Emerald ash borer is a highly destructive invasive pest that arrived from Asia, most likely in untreated ash wood used for packing material. Emerald ash borer attacks all species of true ash (Fraxinus spp) found in North America, no matter the size, age or health status. Emerald ash borer does not attack or kill mountain ash (Sorbus spp). In North America, the beetle was first detected in Windsor, ON, and Detroit, MI in 2002. Outbreaks of emerald ash borer have been confirmed in Barrie in 2014 and it could be moving toward the Muskoka forest.

Muskoka Conservancy is working with BioForest Technologies Inc. to hang and monitor green prism traps throughout the Bracebridge area that is used for early detection of emerald ash borer. On June 20th and 21st, 2016, 24 traps were hung in the canopy of ash trees in the Bracebridge area. The traps were checked again in September 2016 and were evaluated for results.

Muskoka Conservancy repeated the project again in 2017 and placed 24 green prism traps throughout Bracebridge and Gravenhurst. They were hung in June and taken down in September.

In 2018, the project was repeated with 20 traps hung in Gravenhurst and Bracebridge. Both the Town of Gravenhurst and Town of Bracebridge partnered with Muskoka Conservancy continue the project. When the traps were taken down in September, two emerald ash borers were discovered, one in Gravenhurst and one in Bracebridge.

To read a full report, scroll down and view the report in our reader.

A public workshop/information session and demonstration trap hanging was hosted on June 21st at Kerr Park in Bracebridge.

Emerald Ash Borer Report 2018 by Aaron Rusak

EAB Report 2018

Presentation made by Allison Winmill with BioForest Technologies Inc.

EAB Bracebridge Community Event – June 21, 2016 (AW)