Hazard trees will be removed in Cates Park/Whey-ah-Wichen from September to November in two phases.
The local First Nations partners, Tsleil-Waututh Nation and Inlaillawatash Tree Service, will remove the hazard trees.
The tree removal started on September 14 and will continue until the end of November, according to the District of North Vancouver.
A total of 25 hemlock and maple trees and 13 alder trees have been deemed hazardous and pose a potential risk to the public.
The trees have been assessed by a Certified Arborist and Tree Risk Assessor and are either dead, dying, or have significant defects that require immediate attention.
DNV will be working with local First Nations partners to ensure replacement trees are planted throughout the park.
Depending on the severity and location of the defective parts of the trees, the trees may be significantly modified to remove defective parts, wildlife snagged, or removed entirely.
Where possible, large tree limbs, trunks, and stumps will remain on site in a safe manner to provide valuable habitat for native species that exist in the park.
As Cates Park is heavily used by residents and visitors alike, signage will be posted in the park throughout the duration of the project and on trails that need to be closed temporarily.
Flaggers will be on site to maintain safe work zones, and people are being advised to be cautious when entering the area.
The work will be completed in two phases:
Phase 1 — September 14 – 30, 2020
Phase 2 — November 16 – 30, 2020