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Jun 22, 2016 Return to Headlines

Tree Assessment to Proceed on Burke Mountain

by Heather Escaravage |

COQUITLAM, BC, June 22, 2016 – Further to Council direction, the City of Coquitlam is proactively undertaking a comprehensive tree risk assessment (TRA) in the Burke Mountain area in July through September 2016.

Coquitlam’s Burke Mountain area has seen considerable development in recent years and remains a heavily treed area with extensive parkland and creek corridor areas. Last year’s windstorms and drought conditions have also affected the dynamic, green spaces in Northeast Coquitlam. To that end, the City is undertaking a tree risk assessment (TRA) that will look towards solutions to stabilize the forested spaces in the Upper and Lower Hyde Creek, and Smiling Creek neighbourhoods.

The focus of the TRA is primarily City parkland, but there are a number of private properties adjacent to parkland with trees that are located within a Stream Protection and Enhancement Area (SPEA) that will also be assessed and may be impacted.

The City is in the process of securing contracted services to take on the TRA with the expectation that they will commence their work the week of June 20. Information letters will be given to residents surrounding affected green spaces. Residents whose properties include SPEAs within restrictive covenants will receive a letter and a consent form for assessment and follow up work.

Once the TRA work is underway, residents will see assessment contractors in high-visibility vests in the forested areas in Burke Mountain, including the privately-owned restrictive covenant areas.

Following the TRA, City staff will report findings back to Council along with recommendations to make trees within these SPEAs on both City parkland and private properties more windfirm.

For more information on the TRA, please visit the TRA webpage or call Parks Services at 604-927-6300. 

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For more information, contact:
Lanny Englund
Urban Forestry and Parks Services Manager
604-927-6330