Marianne Wilkinson

Councillor, Kanata North

Woodlot tree removal &rehab: Beaverpond, Kimmins Crt, Marconi

Click here for a copy of the Power Point slides presented by Forestry at the April 24th meeting.

Update: The Marconi section of tree removal has been delayed until 2018 due to soft soil condition.

Removal timing: Winter, 2017
Removal areas: all dead/dying trees are to be removed from the areas highlighted in pink on the maps below.
Removal method: mechanized (feller buncher and skidder).
Park access: for public safety reasons, identified areas of the park will be closed to the public during the tree removal operations.

Site preparation timing (debris/brush clean-up, invasive species control, etc): Spring, 2017
Maintained areas of the park will be cleared of small woody debris once the snow has melted and conditions are dry enough for equipment access. Wood is good! Small to medium sized wood pieces within the woodlot are to remain on site to provide habitat for a wide range of wildlife and invertebrates, to retain growing sites for plants and fungi, to supply a slow release of nutrients to the soil, to absorb and retain moisture for the benefit of newly planted trees, to minimize soil compaction and to deter woodlot users away from newly planted sites.

Reforestation timing: Spring 2017 planting season
Reforestation areas: all removal areas highlighted in pink on that attached maps are to be replanted. Typical reforestation species: red maple, sugar maple, silver maple, serviceberry, hackberry, white pine, burr oak, red oak, American elder, white cedar, basswood, nannyberry, large tooth aspen, trembling aspen, dogwood and speckled alder.

Background
As ash trees continue to decline within the City of Ottawa due to the invasive Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), it is important to address the safety issues and necessary tree removals within our parks and woodlots. Part of the City’s EAB strategy includes selective park and woodlot rehabilitation; identifying City parks and woodlots with a high percentage of ash to remove unsafe dead, dying or invasive trees, encourage non-ash trees and shrubs with the exception of buckthorn and plant a selection of native tree species. Many parks and woodlots hold significant plant and wildlife populations and make large contributions to
human health and the environment: it is important to manage these significant areas, not only for public safety but also to conserve the many benefits they provide. To learn more about the Ministerial Order restricting the movement of ash material, please visit:
http://www.inspection.gc.ca/plants/plant-protection/directives/forestry/d-03-08/areasregulated/eng/1347625322705/1347625453892

To learn more about the Emerald Ash Borer or the City’s EAB Strategy, please visit:
http://ottawa.ca/en/env_water/tlg/trees/preservation/eab/

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