Shelley Vescio, City of Thunder Bay, Mary Bea Kenny, IFN
The emerald ash borer (EAB), a wood-boring beetle native to Asia, was first discovered in the Great Lakes region in 2002. Attacking and killing all species of native ash, EAB has killed tens of millions of trees in Ontario, Quebec and the United States. The major pathway for movement of this insect appears to be the transport of firewood from infested to non-infested areas. The Emerald Ash Borer Task Force for Northwestern Ontario was formed in 2011 to help build awareness of the destructiveness of this pest in order to help prevent its spread into our region or slow its spread, if it was introduced.