The City’s Parks Team is asking the community to help protect our population of elm trees from Dutch Elm Disease (DED).
DED is caused by a fungus that clogs the elm tree's water-conducting system, causing the tree to die. The fungus is primarily spread from one elm tree to another by elm bark beetles. What can you do to help?
- Be aware of the Provincial elm pruning ban between April 1 and September 30.
- The beetles are most active at this time and can be attracted to the scent of fresh tree cuts, possibly infecting a healthy elm.
- Dispose of all elmwood immediately by burning, burying or chipping.
- Do not transport or store elm firewood at any time!
The City of Chestermere follows the Integrated Pest Management practice (IPM), along with all other federal and provincial government acts and legislation, including but not limited to; Weed Control Act, Pest Control Products Act, Environmental Code of Practice for Pesticides, Pesticide Storage Regulations etc.
In 2016, Chestermere was declared Western Canada’s first Bee City. There will be a reduction or complete removal of pesticides that have been known to be harmful to the honey bees.
The City puts up signage immediately before any pesticide application with all vital information.
More information on pests and diseases affecting trees and shrubs and other areas in Chestermere:
For more information on any of these Maintenance items, contact the City's Parks Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (403) 207-2807.
The Government of Alberta also has a webpage dedicated to Dutch Elm Disease including more resources.