Reforestation

Trees will be planted in select areas throughout the region that were damaged in the May, 2016 wildfire. These areas have been identified by forestry experts. There are also non-profit organizations and private partners working with the Municipality on plans for reforestation in the region.

Trees will be planted in areas selected by forestry experts who will select the right species of tree for the area, based on FireSmart principles which includes planting more leafy green trees and keeping trees spaced at least three metres apart. To learn more about FireSmart visit rmwb.ca/firesmart.

Reforestation efforts are beginning this spring and will continue into 2019. 

Primarily, Trembling Aspen, Balsam Poplar, Tamarack and Siberian Larch will be planted along with a smaller percentage of White Spruce and Lodgepole Pine. All tree species are native to the region and forestry experts are working to ensure the right trees are planted in the right places. 

Areas where planting is complete will be protected for reclamation. Residents are reminded they must not disturb the areas in order to allow seedlings to take root and grow. Residents should refrain from walking, cycling, using off-highway vehicles or allowing pets to roam in the reclamation areas. 

Between May 24, 2017 and June 15, 2017, thousands of seedlings will be planted in Abasand, Saprae Creek, Thickwood and Wood Buffalo in areas where hazardous tree removal work was completed.

In some areas, all rebuild activity must be complete before seedlings or trees can be planted. 

The first planting is scheduled for Saprae Creek on May 24, 2017 and is expected to take one week. 

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