Treament of Ash Dieback Disease

The removal and destruction of trees and leaf litter affected by the disease and the reconstitution of the forest with an alternative species to Ash must be undertaken in strict compliance with the Sanitation Action Plan approved by the Department. The Reconstitution Scheme (Chalara) supports the reconstitution of Ash plantations which have suffered from or are associated with Ash Dieback disease caused by the fungus Hymenoscyphus fraxineus. The objective of this scheme is to restore forests affected by Hymenoscyphus fraxineus by supporting the removal and destruction of trees and leaf litter affected by the disease and the reconstitution of the forest with an alternative species to Ash. It is important that all leaf litter must is adequately destroyed.

Research indicates that spore production from the leaf litter of infected trees poses a significant risk of reinfection in the following growing season.