Emerald Ash Borer Replacement Tree Program application reopens

Cobourg, ON – November 20, 2020 — Applications for the Northumberland County Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Replacement Tree Program have reopened following two years of successful EAB Replacement Tree programs that resulted in the local planting of 24,000 trees.

Northumberland County residents are invited to apply to receive free tree saplings in year three of a five-year program subsidized by the County. Residents can apply to receive between 25 to 150 trees to plant on their property in Northumberland. 12,000 trees will be subsidized through this year's application process on a first come, first served basis. Tree species available through the program include various types of oak, maple, and pine as well as spruce, birch and tamarack. All successful orders will be available for pickup from Lower Trent Conservation in the spring.

This program was developed to replace trees that are being removed as part of Northumberland County's 10-year plan to remove hazardous trees as a precaution to prevent injury or damage. This plan was developed in response to the Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive insect that attacks and kills ash trees. For every tree removed as part of the plan, Northumberland County will subsidize approximately ten native trees for residents to plant on their property.

For more information about the program and to apply to receive free saplings, visit the EAB Replacement Tree Program application form on Lower Trent Conservation website.