Where have all the ash trees gone?

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Since 2010, the Township of Huron-Kinloss has been monitoring the Emerald Ash Borer migration and the affect the bug has on our ash trees. First signs of the Emerald Ash Borer were discovered in Lucknow in 2010, followed by Ripley and Point Clark in 2011.

The Township of Huron-Kinloss is attempting to act proactively to ensure the Emerald Ash Borer and the affected ash trees do not cause any damage to adjacent properties or create an unsafe environment for residents.

The Community Services Department is using the Have Your Say HK website to keep residents informed and updated with the project progress, ongoing details, and any changes. Have Your Say HK will provide a platform for any concerns with the project to be heard, and ask questions.


Since 2010, the Township of Huron-Kinloss has been monitoring the Emerald Ash Borer migration and the affect the bug has on our ash trees. First signs of the Emerald Ash Borer were discovered in Lucknow in 2010, followed by Ripley and Point Clark in 2011.

The Township of Huron-Kinloss is attempting to act proactively to ensure the Emerald Ash Borer and the affected ash trees do not cause any damage to adjacent properties or create an unsafe environment for residents.

The Community Services Department is using the Have Your Say HK website to keep residents informed and updated with the project progress, ongoing details, and any changes. Have Your Say HK will provide a platform for any concerns with the project to be heard, and ask questions.


  • Savage Bros Tree Contractor update

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    16 Nov 2018

    The contractor will be returning on Monday and Tuesday next week starting at north end of Boiler Beach road near Huronville Road. Please drive carefully during the near zero temperatures are cause for slippery driving conditions, and you may need to be prepared to stop for workers on occasion.

  • Savage Bros Tree Contractor update

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    15 Nov 2018

    Contractor is working near Heriatge Drive this morning, then heading to north end later today near Huronville Road. Drive carefully please!

  • Savage Bros Tree Contractor update

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    14 Nov 2018

    Tree Contractors will start just south of Heritage Drive around 730 am Thursday morning and then head up to #35 Boiler Beach Rd later in the morning, then working south from 35 Boiler Beach Road. The chipper will be operating after 10 am. Please drive carefully.

  • Savage Bros Tree Contractor update

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    08 Nov 2018

    Due to weather, Savage Bros now anticipate resuming work on Boiler Beach road on Tuesday November 13th, 2018...stay tuned if plans change a notice will be released on Monday afternoon.

  • Savage Bros Tree Contractor update

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    06 Nov 2018

    Savage Bros will not be doing any cutting today along boiler beach. They will be picking up the rest of the logs this afternoon. Cutting will continue on Friday, however it will depend on the winds where along boiler beach the work will begin.

  • Savage Bros Tree Contractor update

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    05 Nov 2018

    November 5th 2018, Savage Bros Tree services will be working about 1/2 km north of bottom of 10th concession.

  • Savage Bros Tree Contractor update

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    01 Nov 2018

    Contractor reported this morning that there are still a couple tops near the 10th concession west of Boiler Beach Rd, and some chips to move around and other small clean up etc. that didn’t get finished yesterday. Contractor will not be working on project thursday and Friday and will be returning next week.

  • Savage Bros Tree Contractor update

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    31 Oct 2018

    A notice to owners of chairs, or benches that may be along Boiler Beach shoreline. Please remove personal effects from shoreline, neither contractors or the Township of Huron-Kinloss are responsible for any damages during tree removals. Thank-you for your cooperation.

  • Savage Bros Tree Contractor update

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    30 Oct 2018

    2018 10 30 Savage Bros are working at the north end of Boiler Beach road near the Kincardine Boundary today! Please respect any caution signage, and of course stay clear of the work in progress.

  • Project Awarded to...

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    28 Sep 2018

    Two proposals were received.

    RJ's Tree Farms submitted a quote for $70,000 plus HST. This price included skidding tops to a designated area, and the Township of Huron-Kinloss would be responsible for the brush burning or chipping. Staff does not recommend burning as an appropriate solution for this geographic area, and chipping may not be an option at this time due to limited staff resources.

    Savage Bros. Tree Service submitted a quote for $85,000 plus HST. This quote included chipping 90% of the tops. Brad Savage has estimated 600 trees that will be removed most of which are ash trees that are showing significant signs of Emerald ash borer damage. The balance of trees marked for removal are hazard trees that pose a threat to public safety. Township staff would be designating wood chip depots for later use or could be made available to local residents as well.

    The work would start in October 2018 and be completed by March of 2019. Staff advises Council that there may be other trees that may need addressed before the year end, and that if a major storm occurs then this budget would be impacted dramatically.

    Staff will bring forward the 2019 tree maintenance operating budget requests at the 2019 budget deliberations.

    Savage Bros. Tree Service and staff have discussed the tree top chipping and expect that the trees on the Algonquin Bluff between Park Place and Boiler Beach Road will be the most difficult to remove due to the steep slope which will limit the accessibility of the trees. Staff suggests that a tree planting program should be implemented in 2019 in order to ensure the slope is stabilized for future generations. The tree planting program will be brought forward in the 2019 budget.

    Staff recommends that Savage Bros. Tree Service be contracted for this work.