Elm Tree Pruning Ban Begins April 1

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March 1, 2022

Moose Jaw, SK – The City of Moose Jaw reminds residents that the Elm Tree Pruning Ban will be in effect April 1st to August 31st in the Province of Saskatchewan. It is illegal to prune elm trees during this time.

All elm wood must be disposed of at the City Sanitary Landfill or promptly burned in a legal fireplace or firepit. An elm wood disposal permit can be obtained, free of charge, from the Parks and Recreation Department in order to dispose of any elm wood you may have at the City Sanitary Landfill free of charge.

Elm bark beetles, which play a critical role in the transmission of Dutch Elm Disease (DED), are attracted to pruning wounds during the ban period. The beetle is the main carrier of the fungus responsible for DED and travels from infected trees, where they deposit their eggs, to healthy trees to feed. By flying from tree to tree, these beetles deliver spores of the fungus in a very effective manner.

“The City of Moose Jaw has seen an increase in Dutch Elm Disease over the last few years.” stated Sarah Regent, City Horticulturist for the City of Moose Jaw. “Elms are some of the most valuable trees in our city and you can help protect our elm tree population by pruning out dead wood before the pruning ban takes effect and promptly disposing of all elm wood.”

The City would also like to remind residents that they may not prune trees on City-owned property. There is a City-owned boulevard adjacent to every property in Moose Jaw; if you are unsure of a tree’s ownership, please submit a tree inspection request through the City of Moose Jaw’s Report an Issue feature on our website, www.moosejaw.ca or through the free City of Moose Jaw app. The app is available for download free of charge in your favourite app store.

For additional information and help identifying elm trees please contact the City of Moose Jaw Parks and Recreation Department or use the Parks & Recreation links at www.moosejaw.ca.