The City of Estevan has been hard at work keeping their parks pest free - and so far, it's been working. 

"We are very fortunate not to have any positive results yet for Dutch Elm disease," shared Parks and Facilities Manager, Rod March, "but we're still monitoring for that."

A few surrounding communities have had positive results come back. 

"We are an urban forest island so hopefully people are being respectful of things like the pruning ban. I always remind people, it's quite a hefty fine, $250,000 for a contravention of that regulation. The message is getting out there how important it is to protect the trees and people are being respectful of it for the most part.

He added that last year, all the city-owned elm trees were treated with an insecticide which may have contributed to the lack of diseased trees. 

 "We'll be redoing that program again next year as part of our preventative maintenance."

He also noted that they haven't seen any evidence of the emerald ash beetle which was also a concern earlier in the spring. 

As for other bugs buzzing around, this is the time of year when wasps are more aggressively searching for food. 

"It's really yellow jackets that we see here. It's very common, this time of year. From our perspective, the number of calls are way down this year. We haven't experienced high numbers of nests on city properties so from our perspective, it's really low but we do realize that they're out there."

March added that yellow-jackets will not reuse nests year after year. 

Those with questions can call the Parks Department at City Hall.


More Local News

Provincial Budget Investing In Intersection Safety

The 2019-20 Budget is balanced and is providing support for mental health and for vulnerable families to increasing funding to classrooms and improvements to highway safety. To improve safety at…

Street Closure Due To Sewer Replacement

There is a road closure in the Energy City today. Safety Coordinator with the City Of Estevan Helen Fornwald, "The City of Estevan would like to advise the public, that the 10 hundred block of Valley…

The Estevan Army Cadet Corp Holding 102nd Anniversary Vimy Remembered In April

The No.2901 Estevan Elks Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corp will be hosting the 102nd Anniversary Vimy Remembered Presentation in April. Its a way for the…

Rock Your Socks Off For Down Syndrome Awareness

On World Down Syndrome Day, Thursday 21 March 2019, the Down Syndrome community is calling upon every person with Down syndrome to tell the world to “leave no one behind”. Kala Wock local resident on…

Recreational Needs Assessment

The announcement was made by the City of Estevan yesterday about a new Recreational Needs Assessment that has already started to gather information from our community about what our city needs moving…

City in Holding Pattern Awaiting Carbon Tax Impact

Even the most devoted fans of April Fools Day aren't looking forward to the first of the month this year as the federally instituted carbon tax looms. The exact nature of the tax's impact on…

Provincial Budget 2019: First Look

A balanced budget, as promised. Saskatchewan Finance Minister Donna Harpauer delivered the 2019-20 budget in the Legislature Wednesday afternoon, posting a $34 million surplus. The budget includes…

CEO of Saskatchewan Chamber Speaks in Estevan

The Estevan Chamber of Commerce held their AGM yesterday and the guest speaker at the luncheon was Steve McLellan, the CEO of the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce. He adressed some of the economic…

Estevan Mayor Dissects Federal Budget

With an election year federal budget dropping on Tuesday, March 19 and some controversial tax changes forthcoming, Estevan mayor Roy Ludwig perused the federal budget and picked out a few key items…

Leadership Class Now Offered At ECS

The Estevan Comprehensive School has continued to see an increase in students wanting to learn skills that will help them long after they graduate. Josh LeBlanc, "Leadership 30 focuses on developing… is Estevan's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide