Bracebridge is investing in the future of its environment.

The town is supporting the Emerald Ash Borer early detection project through Muskoka Conservancy with a $2,000 investment.

The pilot project was started in 2015 with traps set up in trees around Bracebridge and Gravenhurst. Last fall, Muskoka Conservancy confirmed the no beetles were found. The conservation organization will be running the project again this year to keep track of the spread of this invasive species. One of the beetles was recently discovered in Ramara Township.

The destructive beetle is native to Asia and was first discovered in Ontario in 2002.  The larvae of these beetles feed on the inner bark of ash trees, eventually killing the tree. Experts say it can be spread through the cut wood of Ash trees.