Starting this September, the City of North Vancouver will be removing 94 hazard trees in parks and public spaces that are deemed a high risk to people and property. Most of the removals will take place in Mahon Park to address trees impacted by the western hemlock looper moth outbreak.
Tree removals are scheduled to start in September to avoid the bird-nesting season. The removals are expected to take around two months to complete. Minimal impacts to the surrounding areas are expected during this work. CNV said trees throughout the community have been impacted by various stress factors that are causing many trees to decline and die. Some of these stressors include the western hemlock looper moth outbreak, disease, droughts and changes in climate.
After removing the trees, the City will implement replanting and restoration plans unique to each location. The organized and planned approach to removing and replacing these living and growing assets will ensure the long-term sustainability of the urban forest.
The City manages over 9,800 trees in parks and boulevards throughout the community and countless trees in forested areas. Nearly 43 per cent of the City’s tree canopy is on City-owned land, with 35 per cent in parks.
The City is committed to protecting and expanding the community’s urban forest. Since 2019, the City has planted approximately 4,000 trees on public property, adding hundreds more each year. The City is also developing an Urban Forest Plan to protect and grow the urban forest over the next 30 years, it said in a press release.