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Sep 20, 2016 Return to Headlines

Tree Risk Assessment Leads to Tree Hazard Work on Burke Mountain

by Heather Escaravage |

COQUITLAM, BC, Sept. 20, 2016 – A tree risk assessment (TRA) conducted on Burke Mountain has identified the need for substantial work in the Streamside Protection and Enhancement Areas (SPEAs) to ensure forest stands in these City-owned streamside corridors are windfirm and ecologically sustainable. 

In May 2016, City Council authorized staff to proceed with a comprehensive tree risk assessment in Coquitlam’s northeast sector. The objective was to identify potential tree hazards in City-owned SPEAs and put forward solutions to stabilize the forested spaces in the Burke Mountain area.

Now substantially complete, the TRA has identified a number of recommendations, including hazard tree removal, debris management, and replacement tree planting that will help restore these natural corridors over time. City Council has authorized the expenditure of up to $650,000 from the Extreme Weather Fund to complete the hazard mitigation work required in advance of the winter storm season. 

The work will include wind-firming treatments that include removal of approximately 600 hazard trees, pruning and modification of another 300 trees, debris management, and replacement tree planting. The majority of trees identified for removal are western hemlock, which have shallow root systems and a higher risk of uprooting or breaking during severe windstorms. Staff anticipate completing the tree hazard work, as well as debris management, by the end of 2016, subject to weather-related delays. 

Some tree hazard mitigation is also planned for private properties adjacent to City-owned SPEAs, and the City has notified the majority of adjacent property owners affected by this necessary work, with a number of properties still outstanding that will require follow up by the City.

As the work proceeds, the City will be providing project updates via the City website, neighbourhood signage, social media, and local print and broadcast media to ensure residents of the Burke Mountain area are aware of the upcoming work. 

To find out more about the Tree Risk Analysis, including a list of Frequently Asked Questions, visit the Tree Risk Assessment page or call Parks Services at 604-927-6300.

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Media contact:
Lanny Englund
Urban Forestry and Parks Services Manager
604-927-6330