We have received notice from the City Forest Management Branch that the woodlot in Presland Park has been identified for the Woodlot Rehabilitation Program and Ottawa’s Emerald Ash Borer Strategy. This means foresters are going to be removing all the Emerald Ash, Dutch Elm and any invasive species from this lot. It will be a substantial amount of trees cut down. Starting in the spring, they will begin the replanting plan, which will include a wide range of native species.
Removal timing: Winter 2017-2018
Removal areas: all dead/dying trees are to be removed from the area highlighted in pink on the attached map.
Removal method: mechanized (feller buncher and skidder).
Park access: for public safety reasons, identified areas of the park will be closed to the public during the tree removal operations.
Site preparation timing (debris/brush clean-up, invasive species control, etc): Spring 2018
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: Spring and/or Fall 2018 Planting Seasons
Reforestation areas: all removal areas highlighted in pink on that attached map are to be replanted except for a small strip owned by Hydro One.
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.
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:
To learn more about the Emerald Ash Borer or the City’s EAB Strategy, please visit:
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Ash Woodlot Rehabilitation Program or the City’s EAB Strategy, please contact Cedric Bertrand at Cedric.Bertrand@ottawa.ca or call 311.