Guelph, Ont., February 8, 2017—Tree thinning in the red pine plantation at Arkell Springs forest is complete. This work is part of ongoing groundwater protection and forest care. Tree thinning will encourage the growth of a healthier and more natural forest.
About 10,000 red pine trees (1,150 cords of wood) were removed from the plantation from November to January. This amounts to about one third of the red pine plantation.
Trees at Arkell Springs forest were marked for removal in September 2014 and removal was scheduled to minimize impacts to local wildlife by avoiding work during breeding and fledging seasons.
All trails in the Arkell Springs forest have reopened.
The City plans to plant a mixture of shade tolerant trees—largely maple and spruce species—in opened gaps later this year to encourage a more diverse forest. Further thinning will take place at Arkell Springs forest in a few years to ensure the plantation transitions into a a more natural and better-adapted forest—a healthy forest.
Healthy, diverse forests help stabilize soil and filter water as it permeates the ground, working as an early barrier in protecting our source water. Ongoing work will help maintain and re-generate older forested areas on the property.
Forest stewardship not only helps protect our water supply, it also creates healthy habitat for a diversity of wildlife.
Read more about our work to create a healthy forest.
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