Woodland Hazard Abatement
We're helping our woodlands regrow after the impact of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)
The town continues to treat municipal street trees to protect against EAB. However, the EAB infestation has had a devastating effect on our woodlands. Most, if not all of the town’s 43,000 woodland ash trees are now dead or dying.
The town is following best forest management practices to remove dead and dying ash trees to reduce the risk to the public and to help our woodlands regrow.
While natural regeneration will account for most of the regrowth in the woodlands, portions of select sites have been identified for enhanced and/or intensive regeneration and replanting.
2016 enhanced/intensive regeneration properties
- Avonhead Ridge Trail
- Joshua Creek Trail
- Munn’s Creek Trail
- Nipigon Trail
- Shannon Creek Trail South
- Sheridan Hills- site 1
- Sheridan Hills - site 2
- Sheridan Hills - site 3
- The Parkway- site 1
- The Parkway - site 2
- Wildwoods Park
- Clearview Woods
The type and amount of regeneration for each area is determined by a silvicultural prescription. A silvicultural prescription is a document written by a Registered Professional Forester that describes the best forest management plans for the site, taking into consideration the forest compartment characteristics, the site’s history and health, the location and accessibility of the site, density of invasive plants, and new growth potential.
The removal of invasive plants, such as buckthorn, is an important part of regeneration activities as it provides growing space for newly planted trees and increases the success of native tree growth.