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1 Ash Dieback Surveillance
Paul Gardiner Forest Service

2 Overall Survey 800 Sites Surveyed 222 From Initial Survey
578 From Current Surveillance Work 418 Forest Service Sites 81 Urban/Amenity Planting 45 Roadside Planting 16 Public Plantations 10 Private Gardens 7 Hedgerow/Farm Planting 1 Nursery

3 Current Surveillance Work
578 Sites Surveyed 127 Sampled 95 Forest Service Sites 14 Roadside Trees 13 Urban/Amenity Sites 4 Private Gardens 1 Nursery

4 Survey Work Survey carried out by trained inspector using handheld GPS device GPS device captures: Site location Survey data Site type (forest, amenity etc.) Sign or symptoms of disease Whether a site was sampled Sample location (if necessary)





9 Ash Dieback Chalara fraxinea
John Finlay Plant Health & Horticulture Inspectorate DARD Agri-food Inspection Branch

10 Ash Dieback in Northern Ireland
First outbreaks confirmed in NI in Mid-November 2012 on recently planted ash (11/12) at five sites. General surveillance continuing and trace forward work Recently planted woodland – 22 outbreak sites (14 from trace forward) Amenity/Roadside Plantings – 2 sites Nursery/trade findings -2

11 Action on Confirmation of Infection
Statutory Plant Health Notice Issued Two main purposes: Containment of disease on site Eradication of disease on site No movement of plant material/soil off infected site Requirement to destroy infected ash Biosecurity requirements to be implemented No replanting with ash at site

12 Action on confirmation of infection (continued)
Removal of plants including roots, and leaves Disposal by deep burial / incineration Forest Service has provided assistance to landowners in the removal /disposal process. Ongoing monitoring of surrounding area (buffer surveys) Trace back / forward – further inspections/surveillance

13 Ash Dieback Legislation – Plants
The Plant Health (Amendment No.3) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 came into force 26 October 2012 Ash imported/moved must come from a pest free area (currently none established) Effective ban on imports/movement of ash plants (&seeds) for planting Intra-EU trade in ash will require plant passports

14 Ash Dieback – DARD Actions
Implementation of Legislation Surveillance for pathogen in production/trade/plantings Outbreak containment/eradication Required for any case to establish a Pest Free Area Registration/inspection of businesses to allow plant passporting of ash Inspections of passported material

15 Plant Passport Plant material which hosts the most serious (“quarantine”) pests and diseases requires a plant passport to facilitate its movement within the EU. Certification by grower/trader that plants are free from quarantine pests/diseases Consists of a label or label/delivery note, invoice with certain information: The phrase “EC Plant Passport” Country code eg, UK/NI, NL Business registration number Serial, week or batch number Botanical name of plants Quantity of plants ZP code if needed (protected zone)

16 Ash Imports and Forestry Grant Schemes
Ben Searle Forest Service

17 Imports of ash wood and bark
After consulting stakeholders we found that there are regular imports of ash logs for manufacturing purposes, mainly hurley sticks, and for fire wood As a potential pathway for the disease, it is an unacceptable risk The Plant Health (Wood & Bark) (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 was made

18 Landing Conditions The wood shall ;
(a) be accompanied by an official statement that it originates in an area or areas known to be free from Chalara fraxinea or (b) be squared so as to remove entirely the rounded surface; or (c) be bark-free and the water content is less than 20% expressed as a percentage of the dry matter; or (d) if sawn, with or without residual bark attached, have undergone kiln-drying, to below 20% moisture content, expressed as a percentage of dry matter, achieved through an appropriate time / temperature schedule, and there shall be evidence of that kiln-drying by a mark “Kiln dried” or “KD” or another internationally recognised mark, put on the wood or on any wrapping in accordance with current usage”

19 Forestry Grant Scheme Temporary suspension of grant aid for new ash planting from 6 December 2012 Other species can be substituted. This needs to be done in agreement with Forest Service. New planting agreements have been prepared without an ash component Forest Service is currently preparing advice on what additional support may be made available to assist landowners to replant trees following compliance with a statutory plant health notice

20 Ash Dieback Reporting and Awareness
Sharon Cabecinha Plant Health and Horticulture Inspectorate Agri-food Inspection Branch

21 Where to get information?

22 Links on this page to:
Legislation Biosecurity guidance (for advice on working in forests/woods). Questions and Answers

23 Information Page on Ash Dieback (Forestry Commission Website)
Confirmed findings 17th January 2013

24 Reporting Symptoms...

25 How you can help us Report suspicious sightings
Phone: Sharon Cabecinha DARD Helpline

26 Tree Health Biosecurity Poster
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27 Questions

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