Unsafe tree removal and replanting efforts underway on Merritt Island trees affected by Emerald Ash Borer

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The City of Welland continues to tackle dead ash and hazardous trees within City-owned recreational spaces by removing unsafe trees as a result of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB).

As part of a comprehensive plan, targeted tree removals are underway on Merritt Island and in other vulnerable areas identified as high-risk due to EAB infestation. City staff are preparing to replant trees in these areas, ensuring the revitalization of these spaces. Upon completion of this project, the next phase will involve conducting an inventory of native trees thriving in the affected locations. 

“The City has engaged the services of a local certified arborist contractor to carry out these removals, ensuring a safe and efficient process. Our parks and forestry team is dedicated to providing safe and enjoyable spaces for the community, and the work on Merritt Island underscores this commitment.”

Jessica Ruddell, Director of Community Services

The project’s initial phase has started along the lower natural surface trail between Woodlawn Road and Highway 406, with completion expected shortly. Residents utilizing the upper and lower trails in the affected zones may experience temporary disruptions, including noise and restricted access to certain areas. 

Residents are encouraged to stay informed and engaged as we work toward safeguarding our community and its public spaces. Community cooperation and understanding are invaluable as the City addresses tree removal due to EAB.

If you have any questions about tree removal resulting from EAB, please contact parksandforestry@welland.ca.

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