2020 Dutch Elm Disease and Urban Forest Management Program

Manitoban communities are home to many beautiful elm trees, making the management of Dutch Elm Disease (DED) an important topic. DED is a fungus affecting elm trees and is spread by elm bark beetles. In accordance with the Province’s Dutch Elm Disease Management Program, diseased trees in Dauphin are identified and removed annually to prevent its spread.

Provincial surveyors will be returning to our community in the coming months to inspect and tag trees to be removed as part of the program. Due to COVID-19 this year, surveyors will be following provincial health guidelines and may not approach every resident or house before entering on properties to conduct their surveys. They will, however, ring doorbells or knock on doors prior to taking samples. Surveyors will be identifiable by their high visibility vests and government issued ID.

How can you help? Identifying and reporting potentially infested trees can help keep elms in your community safe. To report an infested tree, or for any questions regarding the program, please call the Provincial Tree Line at 204-945-7866 or treeline@gov.mb.ca. For more information on DED visit https://buff.ly/2AV7IaI.

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