There have been concerns expressed this week regarding Ash tree removal in two locations in Stittsville.
Please review the below update and if you have any questions please feel free to contact me via email at Shad.Qadri@ottawa.ca
Lady Bird Park, Timbermere
City Forester has advised that crews are removing ash, those poplar trees that have hypoxylon canker (this canker creates a weak spot in the tree and are prone to failing in storm events) as well as the invasive shrub called buckthorn. The trees the contractor are removing have been marked and they do not remove other non marked trees unless it is necessary to get access to the larger hazardous ones.
The forester was onsite yesterday and advised the operator not to remove the smaller diameter stems (those that would not be considered hazardous) near the fenceline if it will result in the removal of desirable shrubs.
The larger logs will be removed from the site and the brush ground down (the grinder is to arrive later Tuesday morning) and a planting plan is being prepared by our Landscape Architect.
Continuing in line with this program, removals will also be taking place in the parklands behind Springbrook Drive and Greer Street. Removals taking place along the pathway from the footbridge to Paul Lindsay Park will likely be done at a later date with smaller logging equipment.
In regards to this tree removal, the City Forester has advised that unfortunately some live trees need to be removed in order to get access to the large dead ash that we need to take out.
The forester was also at this site yesterday and advised that some have been removed and that they have advised the contractor to ensure they are removing these trees unless there is no other option to access the hazardous ones.
The site is being cleaned up as much as possible now but crews will be back in the spring to do a final clean up of debris prior to the area being replanted.
The Emerald Ash Borer is a non-native, highly destructive wood-boring beetle that feeds under the bark of ash trees. All species of ash are susceptible to attack, except mountain ash, which is not a true ash species. Since it was first identified in Michigan in 2002, EAB has killed millions of ash trees in Ontario and many parts of the United States. It poses a major economic and environmental threat to urban and forested areas. It was confirmed in Ottawa in 2008 and its impacts can be clearly seen spreading from the St. Laurent area. Since the insect spends most of its lifecycle under the bark of trees, it can be easily moved with firewood or other tree materials such as nursery stock, logs, brush and larger wood chips. This insect is able to fly, but since its spread has been primarily along major highways and transport routes, it is clear that humans are the main vector of dispersal.