On Monday, October 29, 2018 at 7:30 pm, we will have a public information session in the Council Chamber of Côte Saint-Luc City Hall at 7:30 pm to provide background into plans for the necessary felling of trees in Ashkelon Gardens. We had such a gathering last spring, but many of the Snowbirds were away so I felt that a repeat session is necessary at this time.
Our objective is to ask for a few representatives, one from each area ( ie townhouses on Mackle, condos on Marc Chagall and apartments on Sir Walter Scott) to be the reps who can contact the city with the residents' issues and concerns.
Hundreds of trees from the Ashkelon Park are infested with the Ash Borer and the Dutch Elm disease. These trees are dangerous for people who were walking in the area (from the possibility of falling branches or trees) and may even constitute a fire hazard. The city requested our expert contractor, Nadeau Foresterie Urbaine, to prepare an inventory of the affected trees.
On February 16, 2017 (based on this inventory), the city issued a public call for tender for the felling of 255 trees under tender number C-16-17. On June 12, 2017, Council approved the awarding of the contract for the felling of infested trees to Services d’Arbres Tessier.
In total, we are looking towards felling approximately 300 trees and clearing approximately 21,000 buckthorn plants and bushes, a species that interferes with healthy tree growth in Ashkelon Forest.
The felling all 300 trees, all at the same time during the winter of 2018:
(a) The woodlands have been divided into three zones:
- i) East - near the back of parking lot where 10 percent of trees need to be felled
- ii) Center - woodlands next to parking lot where 75 percent of trees need to be felled
iii) Near Cavendish - next to the library where 95 percent of the trees need to be felled as they are all dead.
(b) The Western side of the woodlands, near Veteran's Park, will be conducted during 2019 (exact date to be determined)
A massive clearing and controlling of the 21,000 buckthorns over a period of two years. Buckthorn out-competes native plants for nutrients, light, and moisture. Buckthorn degrades wildlife habitat, contributes to erosion by shading out other plants that grow on the forest floor, serves as host to other pests, such as crown rust fungus and soybean aphid, forms an impenetrable layer of vegetation and lacks "natural controls" like insects or disease that would curb its growth.
(a) We will first conduct the clearing at the eastern zone, located towards the back of the City Hall parking lot. This will be conducted in 2018 because some maples can be saved and as such, the land won't look completely bare when the buckthorn is removed
(b) The western side of the woodlands near Veteran's Park, will be conducted during 2019 (exact date to be determined)
The plan is to reforest the area where we have removed the buckthorn. Of course, some of the trees will be small but we will take into account that funds must be used for mature trees too.
We will be following the plan of action that was provided to us by Luc Nadeau foresterie urbaine.