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Webinar – Should Canada continue to regulate to try to stop Emerald Ash Borer spread?
April 14 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Presented by Dan McKenney and Emily Hope
Natural Resources Canada/Canadian Forest Service, Great Lakes Forestry Centre
Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is thought to have been introduced to North America more than two decades ago. Despite efforts by Canadian and American plant regulatory authorities, EAB has spread across much of eastern North America. The insect kills most ash tree species (Fraxinus sp.) and regulatory efforts impose costs on plant health protection agencies, forest industry, private landowners and municipalities. The benefits of regulation are of course intended to reduce mortality of ash caused by EAB and all the associated costs. We developed a model to simulate the spread of EAB under various assumptions about regulation effectiveness. The problem is fraught with uncertainty and our results illustrate the challenges faced by both regulatory agencies, research organizations and those on the front line dealing with EAB.