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ASAP Tree Removal delivering authorization notices to homes with DED infected trees

Posted: February 2, 2018

 

ASAP Tree Removal delivering authorization notices to homes with DED infected trees

 

In January, employees of ASAP Tree Removal began delivering voluntary authorization of access forms to homeowners in the RM of West St. Paul whose property had been identified as having trees infected with Dutch Elm Disease (DED).

ASAP will continue delivery of the authorization forms until about the third week of February. An ASAP employee will be going door to door to deliver the authorization forms. If you are home at the time of delivery, the employee will be able to answer quick questions, and you can sign the form and return it to the employee.

If no one is home, the employee will leave the form in the mailbox or in the door and after it is signed, you can mail or email it back to ASAP.

Last summer the Province’s Department of Sustainable Development identified approximately 320 trees in the RM as having DED. There is no cure for Dutch Elm Disease, and the trees must be removed, as authorized under the Forest Health Protection Act. The Act states:

 

Detection of forest threats

11(1) An inspector or officer may, at any reasonable time and without a warrant, enter upon any land to inspect trees and forest products on the land to determine if they are affected by a forest threat.

Inspection powers

11(2) When conducting an inspection, an inspector or officer may

(a) take a sample from a tree or forest product for analysis;

(b) remove a forest threat or a suspected forest threat for examination or analysis; and

(c) use any equipment or other materials that are required to conduct the inspection.

Expert assistance

11(3) When conducting an inspection, an inspector or officer may be accompanied and assisted by any person with technical or professional expertise.

Inspectors

20(1) The minister may appoint or designate persons or classes of persons as inspectors for the purposes of this Act.

 

Following a tendering process, ASAP Tree Removal was awarded a three-year contract for removal of DED trees in the RM.