Canadian Forest Service Publications
Emerald ash borer: Economic models for homeowners and municipalities. 2013. McKenney, D.; Pedlar, J.; Lyons, B.; Campbell, K.; Lawrence, K. Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service. Great Lakes Forestry Centre, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Frontline Express 70. 2p.
Issued by: Great Lakes Forestry Centre
Catalog ID: 34920
CFS Availability: PDF (download)
Plain Language Summary
This two-page note describes models that have been developed to estimate the financial implications of emerald ash borer (EAB) infestations. This very destructive pest came from Asia sometime prior to 2002 and is killing ash trees across North America. Many communities have a high proportion of ash trees because of their tolerance to urban conditions. Modelers have estimated that treatment and removal costs to street and backyard trees in Canadian municipalities due to EAB could be between 300 million and 2 billion dollars, depending on factors such as the rate of spread and overall treatment levels. An interactive online tool was also developed that allows homeowners to compare costs of treating or removing an infested tree. These economic models can also help municipalities better prepare for EAB infestations. They are also useful tools to justify investments to slow the spread of the insect. This work supports the government’s mandate to protect Canada’s natural resources from alien invasive forest pests.