The province-wide ban on pruning elm trees across Saskatchewan ended on Friday.
The ban is in effect each year from April 1 to August 31 in a bid to not attract elm bark beetles, which transmit Dutch elm disease, to newly cut trees during their peak season. a*sets.
The City of Saskatoon said provincial regulations also prohibit the storage, transportation or use of elm wood for any purpose, adding that this includes firewood, wood chips, slabs and Branches.
He said the only permitted transportation of wood was to the municipal landfill for disposal.
The city said elm trees make up about 25 percent of Saskatoon’s urban forest, adding that it had confirmed several cases of Dutch elm disease over the summer.
“The city will continue monitoring and testing of public and private elm trees in surrounding areas with an intensive search for elm material and other sources of infection,” the city said.
Residents can report unhealthy-looking elm trees by submitting an online form or by calling Urban Forestry at 306-975-2890.
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