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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