ST. LAWRENCE PARKS COMMISSION TO HOST PUBLIC INFORMATION OPEN HOUSE ON FOREST MANAGEMENT PLAN
Morrisburg, Ontario – The St. Lawrence Parks Commission will hold a Forest Management Plan public information open house on Monday, March 27 at its Administrative Head Office, 13740 County Road 2, Morrisburg. The public is welcome to stop by between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to noon.
Community engagement is an important priority and the SLPC will be sharing its forest management plan for the eastern campgrounds stretching from Riverside-Cedar Campground near Morrisburg to Glengarry Park near Lancaster.
SLPC is undertaking a project to remove and perform maintenance such as trimming and branch removal on trees that have been identified as diseased and dangerous in public areas across its parks system stretching from the 1000 Islands to near the Quebec border. This maintenance work was informed by a Forest Management Plan prepared by the South Nation Conservation Authority and their certified arborists, who inspected the trees and identified those that were considered to be diseased or at risk in public areas.
With an aging tree canopy in its public areas, the SLPC was prompted to complete a comprehensive assessment of the tree canopy across its park assets. Many of the tree species that were planted over 60 years ago during the construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway, have reached their life expectancy and are beginning to die. Recently, SLPC has encountered several documented incidents where major limbs and tree failures were reported from trees that seemed to be healthy.
The SLPC is proactive in protecting its forests. To prevent the spread of disease firewood from external sources is not permitted in the campgrounds. SLPC forestry staff conduct seasonal inspections, pruning and tree removal as deemed necessary and for the health and safety of visitors to the park areas.
SLPC remains committed to preserving the environment in a responsible manner. Staff are working closely with Conservation Authorities and will be conducting soil testing and developing a strategy for tree planting to replace the removed trees. Tree species that are native to the region, hardy and disease resistant will be selected for the replanting program.
Guests to the public information open house will be able to review the forest management report completed by the South Nation Conservation Authority and speak to staff. Those unable to attend the open house may inquire at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-437-2233 or 613-543-4328.