Trans Canada Trail – Ash Rehabilitation Program

 

Trans Canada Trail

From Eagleson Road to NCC property (ending just beyond Shetland Way)

 

Removal timing:  Winter, 2016

Removal area:  3 ha – the scope of the woodlot removal includes the pathway from Eagleson to NCC land (estimated at 3 hectares) however the ash is scattered throughout the area and is not continuous. Equipment is to remove any dead or hazardous trees that can be reached, particularly along rear yards and pathway. Access will be from Shetland Park at 24 Shetland Way.

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

Park access:  for public safety reasons, identified areas of the pathway will be closed to the public during 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: Overall area is 3 ha – planting will be focused in areas where gaps exist.

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

 

Figure 1: Eagleson to Longden Place

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Figure 2: Longden to Filion Crescent

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Figure 3: Filion Crescent to Springwater Drive

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Figure 4: Springwater Drive to NCC Property

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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/