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Crews will be thinning trees in a 10-hectare plantation forest near the Elora Cataract Trailway from Monday, Sept. 12 to Friday, Sept. 23.
The work will be carried out near the section of the trailway that is north of Wellington Road 18 and west of 4th Line. For the most part, the trail will remain open, however trail users should be aware that heavy equipment and trucks will occasionally cross the trail. As necessary, parts of the trail in the immediate vicinity will be closed for an hour or two, while dead and declining trees next to the trail are removed. While the work is underway, signs will be posted notifying the public, and trail users are asked to obey all signage and use extra caution when they are in the area.
The work is part of the GRCA’s long-term management program to convert pine plantations into more natural forests. A plantation contractor will harvest trees marked for removal. This will improve forest health and create more varied habitats for a greater mixture of plant, animal and bird species. Thinning is scheduled during the fall in order to avoid disrupting the spring and summer nesting seasons.
Routine forest thinning is scheduled periodically to provide growing space to the healthiest trees, allow for hardwood trees to seed naturally and to improve the general health of the plantation.
The contractor will remove most of the felled trees however some logs and branches will be left on the forest floor to decompose and replenish the soil.
All work will be done in accordance with sustainable forest management guidelines set out in the GRCA’s Watershed Forest Plan.