The city of Montreal cut down 4,349 trees infected with the emerald ash borer in 2015 and expects to fell another 3,406 this year, but the city councillor responsible for the environment maintains Montreal is winning the war against the pesky beetle that has killed thousands of trees over the past few years.
“We are doing very well, the situation is under control,” said Réal Ménard, a councillor from Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, one of the borough’s most badly affected by the infestation.
But the opposition at city hall maintains that the Coderre administration is being too optimistic, pointing out that 931 infected trees were discovered last fall, up from 572 in the fall of 2014.
Ménard also dismissed as “sensationalistic” a media report that claimed that 30,000 trees on Mount Royal could be threatened by the emerald ash borer.
Last year, the city cut down 12 infected trees on Mount Royal after inspecting 151.