Sunday, 5 October 2014
Saturday Photo: Emerald Ash Borer on a Sunny Sunday
There are picnic tables and bicycle paths, short trails down to the edge of the water, and grand views of both the city to the west and the mighty river to the east. What's more there's free parking, and practically no one but a few fishermen on a chilly Sunday morning.
Two year old Thom liked walking along the edge of the road, following the lines painted on it, and going up and down various steps and ramps. The crispy brown leaves were also fun to kick around.
But those leaves gave me the willies. They weren't the usual early fall red and orange ones, but decidedly dead ones from a small grove of ash trees. As I looked closer I saw that the trees themselves looked dead, and had been marked with what looked like signs tagging them for removal.
Emerald ash borer is the culprit, I'm pretty sure. The insect has attacked in the Montreal area for the last three years with thousands of trees as possible victims. It's too late for the ones in the lovely little park, but elsewhere some attempts are being made at stop the assault. The sign above lately appeared on several mature ashes not far from us. The tree is being treated, it says, and we all should be vigilant in protecting other ashes. There are 200,000 in Montreal, it adds, and losing them would be great blow to the urban forest.
Something to make one shiver even when sitting in a sheltered, sunny place.
Posted by Mary Soderstrom