MONTREAL — Thousands of ash trees in Montreal’s Mount Royal Park will be cut down by March 2019 as part of a cull to combat the emerald ash borer. CBC News reports that about two-thirds of the ash trees in the park have been treated against the invasive bug, and the others will be cut.

The city plans to plant 40,000 saplings to replace the trees that are removed, but a city official said only 50 per cent of those will grow.

Jim Fyles, director of the Morgan Arboretum, comments in the CBC story that as recently as the 1998 ice storm, more than 5,000 trees were cut down without having a serious impact on the Mount Royal forest.

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