Invasive beetle destroying New Brunswick’s ash trees – and threatening Mi’kmaq basket making

An indiscriminate ash tree killer has been spotted in northern New Brunswick and poses a threat to the province’s entire ash population.   

The emerald ash borer can destroy 99 per cent of an ash tree species which doesn’t bode well for the black ash tree the primary material in Mi’kmaq basket making, and scientists have no sustained success in stopping the Asian beetle.  

“From what we have been told and what we’ve been brought up to speed on, this borer will wipe out the ash in this province,” said Stephen Ginnish, a forestry coordinator with Mi’gmawe’l Tplu’taqnn Inc.  Full story here

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