Kingston – The St. Lawrence Parks Commission is responding to local questions and concerns about a local tree removal project by committing to a public information open house to be held in Lansdowne on Saturday, February 4. Community engagement is an important priority and the recently launched tree removal project has been suspended until residents have the chance to participate in this session.
Public safety is fundamental to SLPC as is the stewardship obligation of its lands and surrounding environment.
SLPC has undertaken a project to remove trees that have been identified as diseased and dangerous in public areas across its parks system stretching from the 1000 Islands to near the Quebec border. The removal of these trees was informed by the advice of certified arborists, who inspected the trees and identified those that were considered to be diseased or at risk. The trees that have been marked with pink paint are indicated for consideration of removal. On site certified arborists, are verifying the assessment as they process proceed with the tree removal. Not all marked trees will be removed.
With an aging tree canopy in its public areas, the SLPC was prompted to complete a comprehensive assessment of the tree canopy across its park assets. Many of the trees species were planted over 60 years ago during the construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway. They were fast growing trees e.g. poplar, birch, silver maples and coniferous soft woods and a large number of these trees have reached their life expectancy and are beginning to die.
Recently, SLPC has encountered several documented incidents where major limbs and tree failures were reported from trees that seemed to be healthy.
The SLPC has been proactive in protecting its forests. Firewood from external sources is not permitted in the campgrounds to prevent the spread of disease. SLPC forestry staff conduct seasonal inspections, pruning and tree removal as deemed necessary and for the health and safety of visitors to the park areas. It will be an ongoing balance to ensure a safe environment for staff and visitors, but SLPC remains committed to preserving the environment in a responsible manner. The SLPC has a tree replacement plan underway.
The public information open house will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2017 in the Senior’s Room at the Lansdowne Community Hall, 1 Jessie Street, Lansdowne, Ontario. The public is welcome to stop by between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and noon. Those unable to attend the open house may inquire at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-437-2233 or 613-543-4328.
The St. Lawrence Parks Commission, an agency of the Government of Ontario, operates facilities in 16 municipalities stretching from Kingston to the Quebec border, including Upper Canada Village, Fort Henry National Historic Site of Canada (and a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Crysler Park Marina, Upper Canada Golf Course, Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary and 12 campgrounds and beach day-use picnic areas including the Long Sault and 1000 Islands Parkway.