Katimavik Woods & Cattail Creek Park – Ash Woodlot Rehabilitation Program

Update – January 2018

As part of the Woodlot Rehabilitation Program and Ottawa’s Emerald Ash Borer Strategy, Forestry Services will be removing dead and hazardous trees in the Katimavik Woods located at 7 Katimavik Road Cattail Creek Park located at 38 Chimo Drive. These sites were identified last year but the work was not able to be completed due to weather conditions. The rehabilitation program will begin with removal of dead and hazardous trees and will end with a tree planting in 2018. The tree removal work is scheduled to start next week and should be completed by January 24.  For the duration of this work, pedestrians will not be allowed to access specific areas of the Katimavik Woods and the Cattail Creek Park (EAB signage, barricades and on-site personnel will be restricting access).


Update – March 2017

Unfortunately, because of the warm weather we received in February the Forestry Dept. wasn’t able to complete the large scale ash removals in Cattail Creek Park or Katimavik Woods this winter; the ground was too soft for the heavy machinery. The two woodlots will be added to the list for next year’s woodlot program and Forestry will remove any ash trees that require immediate attention via the normal Forestry Operations .


Removal timing: Winter, 2017

Removal areas: all dead/dying trees are to be removed from the areas highlighted in pink on the
attached maps.
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 and/or Fall 2017 Planting Seasons

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.



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:

To learn more about the Emerald Ash Borer or the City’s EAB Strategy, please visit:

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Ash Woodlot Rehabilitation Program or the City’s
EAB Strategy, please contact Amanda Mitchell at Amanda.Mitchell@ottawa.ca or call 311.


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