The emerald ash borer is a beetle, native to Asia, that feasts on most types of ash tree. Since 2002, when it was first discovered in Ontario, this invasive species has destroyed millions of trees. While municipalities and conservation authorities have launched treatment and management plans, most trees infested by the voracious insect cannot be saved. Partners in Project Green is determined to help turn this ecological tragedy into a success story.
Working with Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA), the City of Toronto, the City of Markham and the Town of Richmond Hill, we are supporting an innovative effort to repurpose infested trees into valuable wood products.
EXPLORE THE ASH TREE REPURPOSING STORY IN DEPTH
From Tragedy to Triumph: Check out these ash tree repurposing videos from TRCA and Richmond Hill.
The City of Toronto Steps Up: In January 2015, the City of Toronto launched a pilot project at its Nashdene Public Works yard, where thousands of trees are now being repurposed. LEARN MORE
Bentall Kennedy Teams Up with Sawmill Sid and Weston Forest Products: Partners in Project Green helped bring these three organizations together in July 2014 on a pilot project designed to demonstrate that infested ash trees can be converted into useable lumber, on a commercial scale – all right on-site, eliminating the transportation and storage challenges. LEARN MORE
Six-City Roundtable: In November 2013, Partners in Project Green organized a roundtable of six GTA municipalities to share plans for emerald ash borer mitigation, discuss wood waste disposal challenges, and identify opportunities to collaborate on solutions. LEARN MORE
There are lots of ways for individuals and organizations alike to join the ash tree repurposing effort:
- Businesses, Municipalities, Arborists and Contractors: Divert ash wood or implement an ash tree repurposing project.
- Furniture Makers, Artisans, Schools, Non-profits, Lumber Companies and Biomass Companies: Procure reclaimed wood.
Contact Malaz Sebai from the Partners in Project Green Waste Management team to find out how you can help make a difference.
GTA Residents: Get in touch with LEAF (Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests) to learn more about the emerald ash borer.