Removal of hazardous trees continues at Thousand Islands National Park

November 6, 2017

Mallorytown, Ontario

Parks Canada’s staff at Thousand Islands National Park will continue with efforts begun last spring to remove trees severely impacted by Emerald Ash Borer that are adjacent to buildings, trails, campsites, and other built infrastructure. Work to remove these hazardous trees began on Monday, October 30th and will continue through the month of November.

Thousand Islands National Park has identified a significant number of ash trees affected by Emerald Ash Borer that are either dead or dying and could pose a threat to public safety. Visitor safety is a top priority for Parks Canada and staff are working to reduce hazardous tree risks to the public and park buildings. Only trees infected with Emerald Ash Borer that present a risk to the public and park buildings will be removed. Other ash trees impacted by Emerald Ash Borer outside the “fall” zone of park infrastructure (approximately 1.5 x tree height) will be left to provide wildlife habitat.

Emerald Ash Borer is an invasive insect that is responsible for the mortality of ash trees in Ontario and Quebec. Invasive species, including fish, plants, insects, and other species all pose a risk to the native environments protected and presented by Canada’s national parks. Canada’s national parks belong to all Canadians and we encourage members of the public planning to visit a national park in 2018 to do their part to stop the spread of this invasive species. Campfires are a quintessential camping experience, and buying locally harvested or certified pest-free firewood onsite at your destination will help ensure infected wood isn’t spread.

Visitor services at Thousand Islands National Park are now closed until May 18th, 2018, although park trails remain accessible for public use. Parks Canada would like to remind visitors to follow closure / hazard notices as the park works to remove trees that pose a risk to public safety.

For more information or to report a sighting of an invasive species within the national park, please contact Sheldon Lambert at Thousand Islands National Park at 613-923-5261, ext. 101, or by email at sheldon.lambert@pc.gc.ca