UXBRIDGE: Council made decisions aimed at improving the health of the Countryside Preserve, at a meeting on Monday, March 6th.
The recommendations council approved at the meeting includes allowing staff to work with Williams and Associates Forestry Consultants to remove Buckthorn and Dog Strangling Vine, as well as asking staff to prepare a tender for tree thinning harvesting for three large tree plantations. These are White Pine, Red Pine and Scott’s Pine.
According to the report, from manager of arena and parks Bob Ferguson, if the issue with Buckthorn and Dog Strangling Vine remains untreated, the two plants will “continue to grow and wipe out large sections” of the forest. As well, regarding the trees, the report states that the removal of the trees will allow for “an increase in the growth of the hardwood trees that are currently being blocked out by the dense canopy.”
Removal of the Dog Strangling Vine and Buckthorn is estimated to cost around $7,000 to $10,000. However, the wood harvesting from the three tree plantations is estimated to bring in a profit of somewhere between $7,000 to $10,000.
Ward 2 Councillor Pat Molloy questioned why staff recommended tendering out the tree harvesting and not the removal of the Buckthorn and Dog Strangling Vine.
“I spoke with Lake Simcoe Region Conservation about it and it’s kind of a specialty thing, and because we are dealing with patches all over the place it would be really hard to tender it out. Williams and Associates has gone through the forest already. You really want someone that is specialized in the Dog Strangling Vine and Buckthorn for the removal and you really couldn’t put a square footage on it today to get an exact price,” Mr. Ferguson said.