Save Our Ash! Launch of Ward 13's EAB / Urban Forest Project
On June 9th, the official launch of Save Our Ash, Ward 13's Emerald Ash Borer project, took place in Lithuania Park. Seven ash trees have already been removed from this park, 7 of the 50 ash trees lost in Ward 13 since February '13. After the launch, canvassers headed out for the first group canvass.
LEAF has kindly organized three other canvasses for the time being, and I invite you to please sign up for these fun group volunteer opportunities by registering here:
The next canvasses here in Ward 13 are as follows:
- Meet at Rennie Park, Tuesday, June 11, 2013, 5:30pm – 8:30pm (SE corner of Beresford and Morningside)
- Meet at Lessard Park, Thursday, June 13, 2013, 5:30pm – 8:30pm (from Jane and Lessard, walk W. to end of Lessard)
- Meet at Covered Pavillion, 23 St. John’s Rd, Thursday, June 20, 2013, 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Please sign-up for as many dates as you can commit to. For each event, bring your:
- EAB Ambassador Kit
- and a bag for carrying canvass materials
- water, snacks
- your enthusiasm!
All materials for distribution will be provided by LEAF on the day of the canvass, including a map of which streets are assigned to you.
If you do not have a kit yet, you can still sign up. We’ll provide you with an electronic kit to read in advance and we’ll pair you with an experienced Ambassador for your first few houses.
Green 13 has set up a separate website with information regarding this Save Our Ash project. Please visit this site for further information: http://www.saveourash.ca/ Notably, under the Map tab, you will be able to download a pdf of the map of boulevard ash trees in Ward 13, and by magnifying, view the decisions which have been made as to their fate.
Your ash trees are at risk
All of the 860,000 ash trees in Toronto are at risk of dying due to Emerald Ash Borer. Now is the time to take action and defend our urban forest through treatment and replanting!
LEAF, Councillor Doucette, Live Green Toronto, Green 13, Junction Residents Association, and Ontario Power Generation are partnering to tackle canopy loss in our neighbourhoods. Over the next few weeks, trained volunteers will be going door-to-door in Ward 13 to let residents know more about this invasive insect and what options are available – from the treatment of healthy mature ash trees to free and subsidized replanting programs.
If you’re not home when a volunteer comes by, keep an eye on your mailbox for more information or visit www.yourleaf.org. Toronto’s urban forest provides over $60 million worth of ecological goods and services each year. Let’s work together to maintain this important resource!
Call for volunteers
We need your help! LEAF, Councillor Doucette, Green 13, and the Junction Residents' Association are partnering to undertake door-to-door canvassing in Ward 13 to spread the word about the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). We’ll be informing residents about this invasive pest and what we can do, such as treating healthy ash trees and planting new trees. Join us for these fun group volunteer opportunities by registering here: http://www.yourleaf.org/door-door-canvassing-events
This Friday, we expect to receive small lawn signs, measuring 21 cm x 17 cm, thanks to Warren's Waterless Printing and MEC, which will alert the public to the ash tree situation, and help the public learn to identify ash trees. We will be looking for volunteers to help place these in locations which receive high pedestrian traffic, at the foot of ash trees. Please contact us if you are able to assist in identifying good locations for these, and for posting them.