FireSmart Tree Removal

Issued: November 30, 2020

Through its national fire management program, Parks Canada is committed to reducing the risk of wildfires and protecting visitors, infrastructure, and natural and cultural resources on the lands it manages.

In Riding Mountain National Park, wildfire risk reduction is continuing in Wasagaming and along the roadways in the North Shore subdivision of Clear Lake. This program will help protect homes, cottages and businesses in the event of a wildfire. Parks Canada staff will be working on tree thinning and removal along both the east and west entrances of North Shore Road and along the north end of Ta-Wa-Pit Drive. Parks Canada staff will also remove a small 0.2-hectare section of white spruce plantation along highway 10. Work is expected to continue until April 2021.

Visitor safety is a priority for Parks Canada. Visitors are asked to use caution if travelling in the areas where tree removal is underway and to watch for heavy equipment and crews.

Parks Canada is a recognized leader in conservation. Prior to the removal of trees and vegetation, all projects undergo an environmental assessment to ensure that mitigation measures are in place to maintain the overall ecology of the site, and that tree felling is conducted outside bird-nesting and migratory periods.

Parks Canada is an active partner of the FireSmart program that focuses on how individuals and communities can work together to reduce the risk of loss from wildfires in communities across Canada. Through safe and effective fire management, Parks Canada is reducing the danger of wildfire to the public, infrastructure and neighbouring lands, while improving the ecological health of our forests and grasslands.

Information:

Shaun Cassan
Public Relations and Communications Officer
Riding Mountain National Park
shaun.cassan@canada.ca