Stonegate Park – Ash Woodlot Rehabilitation Program

 

Stonegate Park

45 McIntosh Way

 

Removal timing:  Winter, 2016

Removal area: 1.1 ha, removal of hazardous trees will be done along the pathway from McIntosh Way to Castlefrank, and the entire wooded area. Please note that the composition of the woodlot is all ash so the impact to this park will be significant.

Removal method:  mechanized (feller buncher, mulcher, and skidder)

Park access:  for public safety reasons, identified areas of the park and pathways will be closed to the public during all ash tree removals.

 

Site preparation timing (debris/brush clean-up, invasive species control, etc): Winter and spring 2016

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: Fall 2016 planting season

Reforestation area: 1.1 ha

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.

 

Removal area is shown in red

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Background

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:

http://www.inspection.gc.ca/plants/plant-protection/directives/forestry/d-03-08/areas-regulated/eng/1347625322705/1347625453892

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

http://ottawa.ca/en/env_water/tlg/trees/preservation/eab/

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Woodlot Rehabilitation Program or the City’s EAB Strategy, please contact Nancy Young at nancy.young@ottawa.ca or Tracy Smith at tracy.smith@ottawa.ca or call 311.