Following the removal of ash trees impacted by Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) from this woodlot, and subsequent reforestation work, tending and planting operations are now required to ensure successful rehabilitation of the forest.
This fall, Forestry Services will have a contractor completing warranty work within the forested areas that were tended and planted in 2019 to ensure the success of reforestation efforts.
The objective of this rehabilitation contract is to ensure successful reforestation of forested areas impacted by EAB, tornadoes, and invasive species. The work will include manual tending with brush saws and cut-stump pesticide application as well as planting of tree saplings.
Please note, where trails run through the treatment areas, it may be necessary to close the public access for a short period of time while the treatment takes place. Signs will be posted on site to identify these areas that will be temporarily closed to park users. Signs will include provincially regulated information about pesticide use, treatment timing and contact. For your safety, please do not enter the parks or pathways where signs are posted. Brush piles created through mechanical removal of vegetation will be removed following the completion of operations.
The tending and planting of saplings will start in October, weather permitting. Typical reforestation species include: red, sugar, and silver maple, butternut hickory, blue-beech, burr and red oak, poplar species, white pine, white spruce, hemlock, balsam fir, larch, dogwood, and alder species.
To learn more about the Emerald Ash Borer or the City’s EAB Strategy, please visit Ottawa.ca.