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The trees are being removed to maintain the safety and integrity of the trail for future use. A number of trees around the lake loop have been identified as hazardous by a certified arborist in an annual tree risk assessment. Hazardous trees are either dead, in decline, leaning heavily or rotting.
Hazardous trees are either dead, in decline, leaning heavily, rotting or have forest health issues.
A tree risk assessment is done yearly at Lafarge Lake by a certified arborist and tree risk assessor. This helps to ensure our public trails are maintained safely for long-term use.
There will be detour routes around the sections where tree management is occurring.
The work will take place from Oct. 25 – Nov. 5, 2021 during regular working hours (8 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
96 trees have been identified as hazardous and will be removed. The trees range in size from 10cm to 65cm in diameter.
Trees in decline are all pioneer deciduous species (Cottonwood, Alder) that generally grow fast and die young. The main driver of the large number of hazardous trees is changing climatic conditions that includes hot, dry summers. Many trees being removed are Cottonwood trees with excessive leans towards trails that are prone to failure in heavy rain/wind events. Others have rot/decay that could be prone to failure in high winds.
The City’s main objective is public safety.
None of these trees being removed have been planted and all would have seeded naturally. The City’s main objective is public safety. Only trees targeting the trails and multi-use pathways have been identified for removal.
All the removed trees will be replaced with more suitable long-term species.