Are You Interested In Being A City Councillor Or Mayor?

Visit the Civic Centre or call 204-822-4434 to find out more.

A pest management biologist for the province says it's inevitable that the Emerald Ash Borer will spread to other parts of Manitoba over time. The pest, which is highly efficient in killing ash trees, has been found in Winnipeg. Fiona Ross says the spread of the ash borer will be very slow unless people transport infected ash firewood.

"It will spread because the beetle does fly. But if there is a food source, so if there is an Ash tree close by, it's not going to be spreading long distances. For it to spread long distances, it's through the movement of firewood or other forest products."

The province believes the Emerald Ash Borer got into Winnipeg through the transport of infected firewood brought in from Ontario. Ross expects it will take some years for the pest to spread beyond the perimeter but it is only a matter of time.

"We're just trying to contain it currently and slow the spread of it through Manitoba. We try to encourage people not to move firewood, we've been doing that for quite a few years now because that is one of the number one reasons that invasive species do long jumps."

She is urging people to plant a diversity of trees so that when the Emerald Ash Borer comes and destroys your ash trees, you will still have others. Ross notes there is an insecticide available for the ash borer but it is controlled by Health Canada and can only be used within a known infestation area.

More Local News

Fuel Leak Forces Overnight Shutdown of Highway 75 Through Morris

A fuel leak caused traffic along Highway 75 through Morris to be diverted Wednesday night. According to Morris Fire Chief, Wes Zilkie, something malfunctioned or punctured the fuel system on a…

Having A Bear-y Good Time in the Valley

It's not every day you see a black bear out for a stroll in the Pembina Valley, so it's definitely a picture worthy occasion when the seldom seen animal is spotted during the day. Marsha Godard…

Manitoba's Only Pro Rodeo Kicks Up Dust Starting Today

Manitoba's only professional rodeo is starting up again July 19 to 22. This year the gate admission will be free again, but there will still be a cost to get into the rodeo and to enjoy the midway…

Hot Temperatures Help Open Kin Splash Park In Carman

With a daytime high reaching into the 30s Wednesday, the conditions couldn't have been better for opening day of the Kin Splash Park in Carman. A handful of kids were ready to splash around and cool…

Winkler Leads Region's Growth With $11.5 Million In New Industrial Construction

June was another huge month of growth for Winkler, with permit values more than doubling those of its neighbouring communities combined. Last month Winkler saw 34 permits taken out with a combined…

Cannabis Retailers Will Be Expected To Pay Annual Social Responsibilty Fee

The Manitoba government would like to eliminate the illegal marijuana market and promote safety with the implementation of new components in its recreational cannabis regulatory regime, according to…

Winkler Gardeners To Be Featured In Provincial Magazine

A number of local greenthumbs will have their backyard masterpieces showcased in a magazine. Margaret Penner, the Director of the Winkler Horticulture Society, notes she was approached by the…

Persistant Dry Conditions Giveway to Crop/Livestock Watering Worries

Concern over water levels is starting to grow as dry conditions persist across the region, according to Justin Reid, manager of the LaSalle/Redboine Conservation District. Reid said he hasn't heard…

Liberal Win Important For Party

Last night saw the provincial Liberal Party regain party status in the legislature, as leader Dougald Lamont won the by-election in the St. Boniface riding. Portage-Lisgar Liberal riding association…

Winkler Man Charged In Assault/Shooting In Portage, Other Suspects At Large

A Winkler man has been charged in a shooting and aggravated assault in Portage. Tyler Tukundum, a 26-year-old from Winkler, has been arrested and charged with aggravated assault that occurred in…

PembinaValleyOnline.com is your only local source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

Login