Your favourite Ottawa tree removal company has joined the South Nation Conservation’s (SNC) grant program designed to remove and replace ash trees that have been affected by the pest known as the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). The SNC is working in partnership with the city of Ottawa, who has extended a helping hand to its residents in order to restore the health and beauty of our province.

What is the EAB?

The non-native beetle known as the Emerald Ash Borer creates major damage by boring into the wood of ash trees and eating the bark. Late May is the time when the EAB lays its eggs on bark and in a tree’s crevices. It was identified in 2002 and has killed millions of Ontario’s ash trees. Our city is not alone; the EAB is also found throughout the United States. It threatens the urban and forestry industries both environmentally and economically.

While the EAB can fly, research has shown that humans are the reason for the insect’s vast presence. The EAB’s lifecycle is spent under a tree’s bark, unbeknownst to humans who use that same wood for nursery stock, logs, and wood chips that are transported across many states and provinces.

How Does the Program Work?

Cost-share funding has enabled the SNC’s Ottawa Ash Tree Pilot Program, allowing landowners this unique opportunity to hire a qualified professional to remove their infected ash trees on their private property and replace them with a native species of their choice. There is a wide variety of trees, from the Alternate-Leaf Dogwood to Hawthorns to the Yellow Birch.

However, landowners must respect the parameters of the program, which are:

  • A discount of up to 50% off when you spend a maximum of $500 per tree.
  • The maximum overall cost of planting and replacing is $5,000 per landowner or 10 trees per landowner.

SNC’s program encourages environmental stewardship and allows landowners to rejuvenate their property with new varieties. Rock’s Tree Service professionals will assist you in finding the perfect replacements. Tree removal is often due to the prevention of spreading diseases to other trees and protecting humans from falling limbs and serious damage. We ensure that your tree is efficiently removed and we clean up the area.

Join Us!

If you’re interested in joining the program, follow these steps:

  1. Read the program’s detailed guidelines.
  2. Use the guidelines to find out if you’re eligible to participate.
  3. Choose Rock’s Tree Service professionals to remove and replace your trees.
  4. Fill out the forms to apply.

Rock’s Tree Service has over 15 years of experience in the industry. We’re equipped to handle any tree problem you have, whether you need an infected tree removed, a stump ground up, or your hedges trimmed. Get in touch with our certified professionals today!