The Saskatchewan government is warning citizens to reduce the risk and spreading of Dutch elm disease (DED).
The province advises the pruning elm trees will once again be prohibited throughout Saskatchewan from April 1st to August 31st. Elm bark beetles that spread the disease are most active during this time of year. Fresh cuts from pruning can attract the insects and increase the chance of a DED infection.
As well, because of the risk of spreading DED, transporting or storing elm firewood is illegal. Elm wood must be disposed of promptly, using the method and locations chosen by each municipality.