REMINDER - Seasonal Tree Management Underway in Collingwood

August 19, 2019
Parks, Recreation, & Culture, Public Works
Tree Management

Residents will see tree markings and removals of hazardous trees on public land this summer

The Town of Collingwood has been working on seasonal tree management on public lands, including boulevards, parks, and trails. Residents will notice tree markings and some tree removals throughout the summer of 2019.

Tree removal will occur where damage by the Emerald Ash Borer has been identified and where trees that present a hazard to immediate surroundings have been identified. Removal of a hazardous tree that has the potential to fall on a busy street or sidewalk will take priority over a tree along the side of a trail.

  • Trees marked with a yellow ‘X’ are Ash trees that will inevitably be killed by the Emerald Ash Borer.
  • Trees marked with a red ‘R’ will be scheduled for removal as a priority, and in most cases, within a 90 day period.
  • Trees marked with a green dot are identified as an Ash tree that will be injected with TreeAzin (a method of protection against the Emerald Ash Borer).
  • Trees marked with a green dot and a blue dot have been injected with TreeAzin.

The Town of Collingwood is currently undertaking an Urban Forest Management Plan for all trees on public lands. The Management Plan requires an inventory of trees and a rating of their health. This evaluation will help identify Emerald Ash Borer damage, as well as hazardous trees, and will guide summer tree management efforts.

The Town does its best to provide advance notice to adjacent landowners that a tree on public land is being removed, however in some circumstances it is difficult to do so, as public safety is always considered paramount.

The Town of Collingwood is committed to replacing trees and currently plants approximately 125 trees throughout the community on an annual basis. Replacement trees will occur as budget allows and if site conditions are favourable for a tree.

Residents and Businesses are responsible for trees growing on their private lands, and are encouraged to call a local Certified Insured Arborist to assess and manage their private tree concerns.

Please visit the Town Website for more information about our Urban Forest.

The Town of Collingwood values the urban forest and is currently building an Urban Forest Management Plan. The Town devotes time and resources to proactively managing (Maintenance/Pruning) these assets to ensure proper and healthy growth of the urban forest within our community. Learn more about the proposed Urban Forest Management Plan project.