Black Ash Recovery Strategy causing concern

By Elisa Nguyen
Fort Frances Times
February 22, 2023
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada East

Ontario — A provincial recovery strategy to protect the endangered Black Ash tree, has caused concerns for forestry stakeholders. Ian Armstrong, at Boundary Waters Forest Management Corporation, said that while he agrees that a strategy to protect Black Ash is needed, he compared the current one to placing a “glass dome” over northwestern Ontario, restricting movement of the forest industry and restricting private landowners. The government declared Black Ash as an endangered species in the province of Ontario due to an Emerald Ash Borer infestation… The Black Ash Recovery Strategy prohibits harming, harassing, possessing, transporting, trading, and selling of live or dead Black Ash, under the Endangered Species Act. Several restrictions will be enforced on both private and Crown land where Black Ash is present, such as protection for entire wetland sites in which one or more Black Ash trees are present, and a 28-meter reserve applied on each individual Black Ash tree.

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