The City of Winnipeg is ramping up efforts to create an inventory of ash trees. Crews are searching backyards and back lanes to count and inspect ask trees, in danger because of a devastating pest, the emerald ash borer beetle.
The city says it's not a matter of if the emerald ash borer beetle will show up, which feeds on and kills the trees, but when.
"It will kill all ash trees and all species off ash,” said city forester Martha Barwinsky.
Ash trees are old trees that make 30 per cent of Winnipeg’s canopy.
Barwinsky said the inventory will help identify the level of risk, help figure out the areas of the city with the highest potential risk, and identify the resources the city will need to dedicate to the problem.