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Arkell Springs forest red pine plantation thinning complete

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. What’s next? The City plans to plant a mixture of shade tolerant trees—largely maple and spruce species—in… Continue reading Arkell Springs forest red pine plantation thinning complete

Arkell Springs tree thinning begins in November

Guelph, Ont., November 8, 2016—Beginning this month, red pine plantations in the northeast section of the Arkell Spring grounds will be thinned. This work is part of ongoing groundwater protection and forest care. Tree thinning will encourage the growth of a healthier and more natural forest. Arkell Springs tree thinning has been scheduled to minimize impacts to local wildlife by avoiding work during breeding and fledging seasons. Temporary trail closures To ensure the safety of both workers and trails users, trails in different areas of the grounds will be closed during the Arkell Springs tree thinning. Trail closures will be posted. The City asks for users’ patience and cooperation in obeying closures. Arkell Springs tree thinning starts mid-November Arkell Springs forest care—or stewardship—includes removing about one third… Continue reading Arkell Springs tree thinning begins in November

Arkell Springs recharge system upgrades

Guelph, Ont., March 01, 2016—Beginning in March, a small section of the Arkell Springs forest along the roadway south of the existing recharge pond will be cleared for recharge system upgrades. This work is part of ongoing maintenance and improvements that will improve water delivery to City of Guelph customers. Work will include the removal of trees over an area of one acre. This area is comprised primarily of buckthorn, an invasive species, with some larger white pine. Caution tape marks the perimeter of the work area and warning signs are posted where trails intersect the work area. All work will take place on City property. Tree removal for the Arkell Springs recharge system may begin as early as the second week of March. Once… Continue reading Arkell Springs recharge system upgrades

Arkell Springs forest tree marking begins in September

Guelph, Ont., August 21, 2014—Beginning in September, red pine plantations in the northeast section of the Arkell Springs forest will be assessed and rows of trees will be marked for removal. This work is part of ongoing groundwater and forest stewardship and will encourage succession toward a more natural and healthy native mixed forest. This involves removing about a third of the pines to improve the growing conditions for the remainder, and to create gaps in the canopy to accommodate regeneration of better-suited species. During marking, trails will continue to be open and accessible to users. Tree removals may begin as early as December 2014. Once the work begins, trails in different areas of the forest will be closed to ensure the safety of both workers… Continue reading Arkell Springs forest tree marking begins in September