Ville de MontréalLarge Parks and Greening Stop the spread of the emerald ash borer

Do you have an ash tree?

IMPORTANT

Some ash trees situated on your property near the street may be public. In that case, they are handled by the city. To verify the ownership of an ash tree near the street, check on your certificate of location or call 311.

Here are 3 simple ways to identify an ash tree:

  1. The ash tree has opposite composite leaves.
  2. Its leaves are composed of an odd number (5 to 11) of leaflets (small leaves devoid of a leafstalk).
    Each leaf is paired with another leaf on the opposite side and each branch with another branch in a symmetrical way.
  3. Unlike those of maple trees, the leaflet of the tip of an ash leaf has no teeth.
The leaves and branches
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The leaves and branches
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Deceptive appearance
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Identify one of the public ash trees being treated near you
Some are identified by the following green band:


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Download the application for smart phones:
Using this application, find a public ash tree on your street or neighbourhood to photograph it and compare it to your tree.

Wooded lots containing several ash trees

If your property has at least 25 ash trees measuring 15 cm or more in diameter, you have the possibility of submitting an alternative action plan for treating all the ash trees on your property prescribed under article 12 of the By-law to stop the spread of the emerald ash borer on the territory of Montréal. To use this alternative, please refer to articles 13 to 20 and schedules B, C, D and E of the By-law to stop the spread of the emerald ash borer on the territory of Montréal.

You can submit your action plan for approval by registered mail to the attention of the director of the Service des grands parcs, du verdissement et du Mont-Royal, by mail to these following addresses:

plan_agrile@ville.montreal.qc.ca

or

Service des grands parcs, du verdissement et du Mont-Royal
801, rue Brennan, 4th floor,
Montréal (Québec)
H3C OG4

Treating or felling my ash tree

I must fell my tree if…
  • • My ash tree is dead or has more than 30% dead branches;
  • • It is not strong enough to preserve.

If those conditions are met, you are required to have your ash tree cut before December 31.

You could be eligible for financial aid.


Dying ash tree

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Woodpecker holes

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When

Before December 31 of the current year.

How to do it

  1. Make a permit application request through your borough. A felling permit is required for each ash tree whose diameter, measured at 1.4 m from the ground, is equal to or greater than 15 cm;
  2. Once you obtain your permit, get quotes for tree felling;
  3. Fell or have your tree felled;
  4. Dispose of ash wood in accordance with the fight against the spread of the emerald ash borer..

Tip: because of the risk associated with felling a tree, make sure that the contractor you choose to fell your ash tree has proper liability insurance.


I have to treat my ash tree if...
  • My ash tree appears healthy: its foliage and its crown are abundant and relatively dense.
  • Fewer than 30% /strong> of the branches are dead.

If these conditions are observed, you are obliged to have your ash tree treated in accordance with By-law 15-040.

You could be eligible for Financial aid.

When

Between June 1 and August 31.

Treatment

The pesticide subsidized by the city for the treatment of ash trees is TreeAzin. It is a product with low toxicity for which the owner is not obliged to obtain a pesticide permit.

List of entrepreneurs

Careful – ash wood spreads the emerald ash borer!

Here are some rules for proper handling of ash wood:

Activities related to the emerald ash borer Between April 15 and September 15 Between September 15 and April 15

Transportation of unprocessed wood to a processing site that uses a process that destroys the emerald ash borer.

Prohibited.

Authorized.

Elimination of a few branches with a diameter smaller than 20 cm (4 m³ of branches and less).

Home shredding service. Call 311 to learn more about the terms and conditions.

Home shredding service. Call 311 to learn more about the terms and conditions. Service available through November 30.

Elimination of a large quantity of branches with a diameter smaller than 20 cm from a pruning or felling.

On-site shredding by the contractor who pruned or felled the tree.

On-site shredding by the contractor who pruned or felled the tree.

Elimination of the branch or part of the trunk with a diameter greater than 20 cm from a pruning or felling.

On-site wood processing using a process that destroys the emerald ash borer (such as shredding, sawing and shredding parts that include the bark, etc.)

or

Temporary storage until September 15 on the worksite before being transported to a processing site.

On-site wood processing using a process that destroys the emerald ash borer (such as shredding, sawing and shredding parts that include the bark, etc.)

or

Transportation to a processing site that uses a process that destroys the emerald ash borer (such as shredding, sawing and shredding parts that include the bark, etc.)

Storage of wood that has not been processed using a process that destroys the emerald ash borer.

Temporarily on the site where the pruning or felling took place until September 15.

Authorized for a maximum of 21 days after September 15 or after felling or pruning.

Authorized for a maximum of 60 days after September 15 or after pruning or felling on a lot with 25 or more ash trees.

Storage of wood for later use as heating wood.

Prohibited at all times.

Prohibited at all times.

Tips

Free disposal of ash wood on the city’s processing sites:

A form will be given to you at the same time as your felling permit that enables your contractor to drop off your ash wood, free of charge, at one of the city’s processing sites. Just give the form to your contractor. This applies only to branches or parts of the trunk with a diameter of 20 cm or more. If your tree is being pruned, you can get a form in an Accès Montréal office.

Wood processing techniques that are compliant with the by-law:

All processing techniques that completely destroy the emerald ash borer or the parts of wood where it may live (such as shredding into chips no larger than 2.5 cm on at least two sides, drying, roasting, fumigation, sawmilling with shredding of parts with bark, etc.)

Financial aid

Financial aid to reduce the costs for felling and replacing your ash tree

This financial aid is available under the condition that each felled tree for which a subsidy application is made be replaced by a new planting. Two options are available for replacing your ash trees.

  1. Have your ash trees replaced for free by an organization mandated by the city

    Important note: In order to offer this option, an agreement with a greening organization partner with the city is on the verge of being signed. If you already felled your ash trees, you can complete the applications to be placed on a waiting list.

    The main eligibility criteria:

    • Your ash trees must not have been felled before August 30, 2017;
    • You cannot apply for a subsidy for ash trees less than 15 cm in diameter measured at 1.4 m from the ground;
    • You must have obtained a tree-felling permit from the city to fell your ash trees of more than 15 cm in diameter measured at a height of 1.4 m;
    • The felled ash trees must have been felled on a residential property belonging to the residual category, that is, a building of 5 dwellings or fewer;
    • You must provide a copy of your tree-felling permit;
    • You must provide a signed copy of the tree-felling services invoice;

    To be informed of all the eligibility criteria for the subsidy program concerning the felling of ash trees and their replacement, consult the guide (French) and By-law 17-077.

    If you are ready to carry out a subsidy application please complete the online form and transmit the applicable documents to the following email: abattage.frene@ville.montreal.qc.ca

    Note: this email address is used only to receive subsidy applications. Questions cannot be sent to this email. For any questions, please contact the 311 service.

    Form for option 1 pdf with required fields to be completed online.

    NOTE: Paper forms will not be accepted.
  2. Replace your felled trees yourself

    The main eligibility criteria:

    • Your ash trees must not have been felled before August 30, 2017;
    • You cannot apply for a subsidy for ash trees less than 15 cm in diameter measured at 1.4 m from the ground;
    • You must have obtained a tree-felling permit from the city to fell your ash trees of more than 15 cm in diameter measured at a height of 1.4 m;
    • The felled ash trees must have been felled on a residential property belonging to the residual category, that is, a building of 5 dwellings or fewer;
    • You must provide a copy of your tree-felling permit;
    • You must provide a signed copy of the tree-felling services invoice;
    • You must provide proof that a new tree was planted for each tree felled for which a subsidy application is made: a tree-purchase invoice signed by the owner or certified by the greening organization as well as a photo of each young tree planted.
    • The trees planted in replacement of felled ash trees must have a minimal height of 1 m and reach a height of 9 m at maturity. You can consult the suggested list of eligible trees. Click here.

    To be informed of all the eligibility criteria for the subsidy program concerning the felling of ash trees and their replacement consult the guide (French) and By-law 17-077.

    If you are ready to carry out a subsidy application please complete the online form and transmit the applicable documents to the following email: abattage.frene@ville.montreal.qc.ca

    Note: this email address is used only to receive subsidy applications. Questions cannot be sent to this email. For any questions, please contact the 311 service.

    Form for option 2 pdf with required fields to be completed online.

    NOTE: Paper forms will not be accepted.

Financial aid to reduce by 50% the cost of treating your ash tree

Here are the main conditions for eligibility:

  • The ash trees must have a minimum diameter of 15 cm measured at 1.4 m from the ground;
  • The ash trees must not have more than 30% dead branches;
  • The product used must be TreeAzin MD, a pesticide with low toxicity for which the owner is not obliged to obtain a pesticide permit from the borough;
  • Treatments must take place between June 1 and August 31;
  • The subsidy covers a maximum of $3 per centimetre of trunk diameter;
  • The unit cost for treatment must not exceed $6 per centimetre of trunk diameter;
  • The total amount of the subsidy granted cannot exceed $2,000 per private property over a period of two years;
  • The subsidy is granted by way of a reduction in the treatment costs billed to you by the company participating in the program.

Here is a list of the businesses participating in the subsidy program for the treatment of ash trees:

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