Woodland Hazard Abatement
Learn about tree removals in your woodland
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. Trees that pose a safety hazard to properties and to people using the trails are being removed.
Woodlands with more than 50 per cent ash population are a priority and will be managed first. Once these woodlands are completed, the town will begin removals in the woodlands with less than 50 per cent ash population.
Trees designated for removal or other work will be marked:
- A yellow dot or slash or an orange X indicates the tree will be cut down
An orange dot indicates the tree will be pruned
There will be a significant change in the appearance of the woodlands following tree removals. Logs, branches and wood debris left on the forest floor will eventually break down, nourishing the soil, and aid in the natural regrowth of shrubs and trees. Select sites will receive enhanced and/or intensive regeneration and replanting.
Review the 2017 Woodlands Hazard Abatement program map (pdf, 4.34MB). For more information, review our Frequently Asked Questions (pdf, 311kB). If you wish to report a dead tree that appears to be an immediate hazard, please contact ServiceOakville.
We're helping our woodlands regrow after the impact of EAB
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.
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 woodland's characteristics, history and health, location and accessibility, 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. Areas identified for prime site are monitored and tended for up to five years to encourage successful growth, by mulching, watering, installing rodent protection and replanting as necessary.