Dutch Elm Disease can wreak havoc on trees here in the southeast, so the province has made an announcement to support efforts to curb it.

They're contracting Regina-based Northern Tree Company to remove and dispose of any infected trees in Estevan.

Survey contractors will be moving through during the summer, marking infected trees, while the removal company will work on those trees in the fall and winter.

A reminder that it's illegal to use, transport, store, or buy elm firewood, and that trimming those trees isn't allowed until after August 31. 

Anyone who suspects their tree may have DED can contact the Ministry of Environment's Inquiry Centre at 1-800-567-4224 or centre.inquiry@gov.sk.ca.

For more information on Dutch elm disease, including signs and prevention tips you can visit the Saskatchewan government's website.