District of North Vancouver is removing 22 dead trees in the “Digger Park” area of Inter River Park. While the part of this area of Inter River Park includes the site identified for a potential second artificial turf field, DNV says the tree removal is not related to the artificial turf field proposal, which remains undecided before Council.
In November 2017, a hiker was struck by a falling branch in the forested area of Inter River Park known as Digger Park. Since this area of Inter River Park is heavily used , District of North Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services requested a professional assessment of the park to consider the tree hazard in the area.
The subsequent arborist’s assessment focused on safety of the forest trails, identifying hazard trees that pose a public safety risk and to provide remediation recommendations, according to DNV.
The arborist’s report concluded that 22 dead trees require removal in this area of Inter River Park for the sake of public safety. Where possible, these trees will be left partially intact (with hazard removed) for wildlife habitat purposes.
This tree removal work is being done solely to protect the safety of park users. All remaining trees in the area will be retained and monitored, as no other imminent tree failure risks were noted in the arborist report. DNV is asking the public to stay clear of the area while crews are working, and to keep dogs on a leash.