The City of Grande Prairie has an annual elm pruning program that starts in the fall on 3,500 City-owned elm trees throughout Grande Prairie, removing deadwood and addressing structural concerns.
The elm bark beetles that carry Dutch elm disease are attracted to the smell of both dead elm wood and freshly cut elm wood. In order to lower the risk of attracting the beetles, Alberta has a province wide elm pruning ban in place from April 1st to September 30th every year, when they are generally active.
It is extremely important to adhere to the elm pruning ban, as well as the rest of the provincial Dutch elm disease response plan.
If you have any questions regarding the annual elm pruning program or trees in general, please contact the Citizen Contact Centre.