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Apr 25, 2017 Return to Headlines

Burke Mountain Tree Management Project Nears Final Phase

by Heather Escaravage |

COQUITLAM, BC, April 25, 2017 – The tree removal and debris management components of Coquitlam’s Northeast Tree Management Project are nearing completion allowing the City to move to the final replanting phase later in 2017.

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 Streamside Protection and Enhancement Areas (SPEAs) and put forward solutions to stabilize the forested spaces in the Burke Mountain area.

The assessment covered 28 individual sections of the SPEAs. Fifteen of these were found to be generally windfirm (i.e. able to withstand strong winds) stands that only required the removal or modification of 122 trees. The remaining 13 SPEAs required significant work to establish them as windfirm forest stands and over 760 trees were either removed or modified. 

Extreme winter weather conditions delayed much of the work, but windfirming treatments are now complete in all but three of the 28 SPEAs, with plans for these to be complete no later than September 2017. 

As part of the final phase of this project, the City will be planting 1,300 trees this fall in Northeast Coquitlam. This will ensure the forests regenerate and become stable and healthy forest stands over the long term. The replanting plan calls for trees to be spread over all of the sites, and in order to maximize both survival and success of the new trees, they will be planted in October and November 2017.  

Once the planting is complete, a forest stand management program will be put in place to ensure current and future residents of Northeast Coquitlam enjoy a legacy of stable forests with high ecological value. Ongoing forest stand management will ensure undesirable tree species such as western hemlock and/or invasive plants will not compromise the stability and health of these SPEAs.

As the work advances, the City will continue to provide project updates via the City website, neighbourhood signage, social media, and local print media to ensure residents of the Burke Mountain area are aware of the upcoming enhancements.

To find out more about the Tree Management Project, including a list of Frequently Asked Questions, visit the Tree Risk Assessment webpage 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
lenglund@coquitlam.ca