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Tree Projects

Hazardous Tree Removal

The Municipality continues to remove trees that became hazardous as a result of the 2016 wildfire. Trees posing a community safety hazard will be removed, where possible, by hand and, in most areas, no new mulch will be created during removal. Trees are being inspected certified forestry experts before they are removed and in some cases, more trees may be selected for removal based on the on-site inspections.

In order for a tree to be identified for removal, it must have severe health and structural support issues that place the tree at risk of falling down. Only trees that pose a safety hazard are selected for removal, but if a tree is deemed hazardous it will be removed whether it appears to be living or dead.

If all trees in a certain area meet the criteria for hazardous tree removal, they will all be removed. Every effort is being made to preserve as much of the forested area as possible.

Removal of hazardous trees will improve community safety and will promote the healthy regeneration of the natural forested area.

PLEASE NOTE: Hazardous tree removal will only be done on Municipal property. Trees on private property are the responsibility of the homeowner.

This work is not related to the FireSmart program.

Residents are encouraged to report hazardous trees to PULSE.

Burnt Tree Harvesting

Assessments of burnt areas in Abasand, Beacon Hill and Wood Buffalo indicated the need to remove dead trees in order to reduce the long-term fire hazard and reduce the risk of injury from trees that are blown down. Every effort will be made to promote natural regeneration and protect slope stability, and restore the forests to a healthy and less fire-prone state as quickly as possible.

The project will begin in January 2018 and be completed by March 31, 2018.

Work Plan:

The contractor will remove dead, standing trees and leave 30 cm stumps (minimum) to assist with OHV abatement; some dead, standing trees may be left for wildlife. The trees will be removed from areas within 100 metres of structures, or the top of slope, whichever is less.

Debris with a diameter exceeding 10 cm will be hauled to the municipal landfill for composting. Smaller debris may also be hauled to the landfill, or be burned onsite.

The project includes a fuel reduction treatment on the east side of Beacon Hill, which includes thinning of the evergreen overstory, understory, and removing unhealthy trees and shrubs. The fuel reduction element of the project is in alignment with the FireSmart principles being applied to Wildland Urban Interface Areas across the region. Live trees will be left in place in accordance with FireSmart guidelines.

Any questions regarding this project should be directed to PULSE.

Project Area:

The project will cover approximately 18.5 hectares in Beacon Hill, 23 hectares in Abasand and 3 hectares in Wood Buffalo. Please see the maps below for specific project areas.

Burnt Tree Harvesting Map - Abasand

Burnt Tree Harvesting Map - Beacon Hill

Burnt Tree Harvesting Map - Wood Buffalo

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