Tree replacement along the Byron Linear Park and throughout Bay Ward

OTTAWA – People across Bay Ward have been writing to our office to ask about tree replacement after City crews have come in to remove trees affected by the Emerald Ash Borers.

In an effort to clear up some of the confusion please find below some of the detailed information we’ve received from staff in answering some of those questions. I hope you find it useful.

All trees cut down because of the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer will be replaced by another tree in the same spot or a spot very close by. There is no need to request a new tree if one has been removed on your property because the plans for replacement will already be in the works.

City staff say you can expect as much as a seven to 10 month turnaround period to pass before a new tree is planted because of two reasons. The first is the demand for trees to be replaced. It is faster to remove the dying trees than to plant new ones. The second reason is that there are times in the year that are better suited to planting. Spring and fall are more ideal times.

It takes about six months to plan a planting cycle which adds to the challenge for the City’s forestry staff.

When there are streets that are heavily affected, like Rob Roy Avenue for example, a Landscape Architect will assess the entire site and plan the replanting to ensure beautification of the neighbourhood and that a variety of species of tree is planted.

If you have questions about your own property that are not answered here you can reach out to our office and we will happily connect you with Forestry Services.

Work to remove infected ash trees along the Byron Linear Park is now under way and should continue through the coming days and weeks along the entire park from Woodroffe to Sherbourne.

City staff say that each tree will be replaced. There may end up being more trees than were originally present because, as with residential neighbourhoods, a Landscape Architect has been tasked with designing a plan for the park. As with residential areas the timeline for replanting depends on spring and fall planting and the time allotted for a design plan, roughly the same seven to 10 month turnaround.

You can find more information about the Emerald Ash Borer at Ottawa.ca.

I hope this answers some of the questions you may have about replacement of the trees affected by the Emerald Ash Borer. If you have any further questions you can always reach out to my team.


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