Trees & Urban Forest Management Plan

Did you know:

  • On average, the Morden Parks Department plants 150 trees each year.
  • The City of Morden now has a tree inventory identifying over 5,000 trees on public property. The inventory includes the tree location, species, height, diameter, and condition.
  • In total, these benefits are estimated to provide $613,626 annually to the City and its environment.
  • The value of all 5,330 city trees was appraised at just over $7.4 million.

To learn more about the City’s Urban Forest Management Plan, click here.

Emerald Ash Borer and Morden’s Ash Strategy

Illustrates the distribution of Ash trees throughout the city as of December 2017.

Did you know:

  • The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is an invasive, wood-boring insect that has been found in Thunder Bay (2016) and recently in Winnipeg.
  • EAB attacks and kills healthy and stressed ash trees. All ash species are susceptible to varying degrees. Once detected it cannot be eradicated.
  • So far, there have been no EAB found in Morden.

However, due to the proximity to Winnipeg, delays in early detection, and connectivity of ash species through shelterbelts and natural stands, Morden is at risk.

The City has just under 2,000 ash trees on public property making up 37% of city-owned trees. If EAB is found, it’s estimated that within 10 years all ash trees will be destroyed.

City of Morden Parks and Urban Forestry recently put into place an Ash Strategy. This document outlines the efforts to slow the spread over the next 10 years. The City plans to monitor and assess for EAB, raise awareness, provide information to the public, and start by removing poor quality ash trees replacing with non-ash species.

To read more about the City of Morden’s Ash Strategy, click here