Tree Risk Assessment & Tree Hazard Work

The City is proactively undertaking tree hazard work in the Burke Mountain area.

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. The 2015 windstorms and drought conditions affected the dynamic, green spaces in Northeast Coquitlam.

In May 2016, City Council authorized staff to proceed with a comprehensive tree risk assessment (TRA) 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.​

The TRA conducted on Burke Mountain 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. The assessment identified a number of recommendations, including hazard tree removal, debris management, and replacement tree planting that will help restore these natural corridors over time.

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 wind firming treatments are now complete in all but ​one of the 28 SPEAs. SPEAs that require tree removals are located in East Smiling Creek between David Ave. and Burke Village Prom.

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 starting 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 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. 

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  • What is a tree risk assessment?

  • Why was an assessment needed for Burke Mountain?

  • Will I receive the results of the assessment?

  • How will the hazard work affect the streams and wildlife?

  • Who conducted the assessment?

  • Now that trees have been removed from the covenant area registered to my property, can we use or modify this space?

Urban Forestry & Parks Services

Email: parks@coquitlam.ca
Phone: 604-927-6300