Where have all the ash trees gone?

Since 2010, the Township of Huron-Kinloss has been monitoring the Emerald Ash Borer migration and the affect the bug has on our ash trees. First signs of the Emerald Ash Borer were discovered in Lucknow in 2010, followed by Ripley and Point Clark in 2011.

The Township of Huron-Kinloss is attempting to act proactively to ensure the Emerald Ash Borer and the affected ash trees do not cause any damage to adjacent properties or create an unsafe environment for residents.

The Community Services Department is using the Have Your Say HK website to keep residents informed and updated with the project progress, ongoing details, and any changes. Have Your Say HK will provide a platform for any concerns with the project to be heard, and ask questions.


Since 2010, the Township of Huron-Kinloss has been monitoring the Emerald Ash Borer migration and the affect the bug has on our ash trees. First signs of the Emerald Ash Borer were discovered in Lucknow in 2010, followed by Ripley and Point Clark in 2011.

The Township of Huron-Kinloss is attempting to act proactively to ensure the Emerald Ash Borer and the affected ash trees do not cause any damage to adjacent properties or create an unsafe environment for residents.

The Community Services Department is using the Have Your Say HK website to keep residents informed and updated with the project progress, ongoing details, and any changes. Have Your Say HK will provide a platform for any concerns with the project to be heard, and ask questions.


  • Deer Run Nature Trail Closure

    about 1 month ago
    Deer run

    Deer Run Nature Trail Ash Tree Project (DRNT ATP)

    Closure Notification

    If you have received this correspondence then you may be affected by the Deer Run Nature Trail Ash Tree Project (DRNT ATP). The DRNT ATP is a result of the Emerald Ash Borer infestation which has caused the death of thousands of ash trees in Huron-Kinloss. The Township of Huron-Kinloss has now authorized Savage Bros. Ltd as the contractor to remove over 160 ash trees. All wood over 5 inches in diameter will be removed with some remaining top branches being shredded by another contracting company. (See map attached)

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    Deer Run Nature Trail Ash Tree Project (DRNT ATP)

    Closure Notification

    If you have received this correspondence then you may be affected by the Deer Run Nature Trail Ash Tree Project (DRNT ATP). The DRNT ATP is a result of the Emerald Ash Borer infestation which has caused the death of thousands of ash trees in Huron-Kinloss. The Township of Huron-Kinloss has now authorized Savage Bros. Ltd as the contractor to remove over 160 ash trees. All wood over 5 inches in diameter will be removed with some remaining top branches being shredded by another contracting company. (See map attached)

    The trees are being removed due to the safety concerns regarding falling trees or tree limbs. A number of high risk trees will be removed immediately, and the balance of the removal work will be completed by September 1st, 2019. During this time, the Deer Run Nature Trail will be closed to the public. We apologize for the inconvenience.

    The Township will be completing a tree planting program in the Deer Run Nature Trail either in the Fall of 2019 or the Spring of 2020.

    In order to keep residents informed of the progress of the DRNT ATP, we have established a communications website called “Have Your Say H-K”. Please visit https://www.haveyoursayhk.ca/ for more information.

    The website has a subscription component available and will provide updates of the work taking place from June 2019 until September 2019. Please subscribe to the “Have Your Say H-K” website to receive automatic email updates on this project as they are posted by Municipal staff.

    The website will provide residents an opportunity to ask questions, or view frequently asked questions about the project. The Deer Run Nature Trail will be closed from June 2019 – September 2019 while the work is in progress, so please be aware, patient, and respectful of the contractors and the work being completed.

    The objective of the website is to keep the Huron-Kinloss residents in the neighbourhood up to date on the project, and provide an opportunity for questions, answers, comments, and project updates.

    Thank-you in advance for your cooperation, and patience. Don’t forget to register with “Have Your Say H-K” https://www.haveyoursayhk.ca/ to stay informed about the progress of this project or other projects that may be of interest.

    Sincerely

    Mike Fair

    Director of Community Services

    Township of Huron Kinloss

    21 Queen St, Box 130

    Ripley, ON N0G2R0

    519-395-2909


  • Tree Planting on Sunday May 5th, 2019 at 1 pm

    3 months ago

    The Ripley 4-H Nature Club will be planting trees on Sunday May 5th, starting at 1 pm. An estimated 150 seedling trees will be planted including White Spruce, and White Pine. The trees will be planted throughout the slope in areas where accessible. We understand there are many tree tops / branches still on the slope, and the 4-H club will plant around them.

    We appreciate everyone's understanding leaving the trees tops in place, due to the safety hazard to attempt the removal was too great. In time these trees will eventually decompose, but for now the tree branches will...

    The Ripley 4-H Nature Club will be planting trees on Sunday May 5th, starting at 1 pm. An estimated 150 seedling trees will be planted including White Spruce, and White Pine. The trees will be planted throughout the slope in areas where accessible. We understand there are many tree tops / branches still on the slope, and the 4-H club will plant around them.

    We appreciate everyone's understanding leaving the trees tops in place, due to the safety hazard to attempt the removal was too great. In time these trees will eventually decompose, but for now the tree branches will provide excellent cover for some of natures smaller animals.

    I would also like to thank the Ripley 4-H club for there participation in the project!


  • Tree Planting coming soon!

    4 months ago
    Coming soon near the end of April...The Community Services Department will be contracting the planting of 150 seedling trees on the Bluff between Boiler Beach and Park Street on the Algonquin Bluff. Trees will be a mixed variety of seedling White Pine, Spruce, and Cedar. Hopefully a nice spring with the right amount of moisture will provide them with a good start!

    There are quite a few trees that have been cut on the Algonquin Bluff between Park Street and Boiler Beach Road that have been laid down on the bluff area. The contractor removed as many trees and tops...

    Coming soon near the end of April...The Community Services Department will be contracting the planting of 150 seedling trees on the Bluff between Boiler Beach and Park Street on the Algonquin Bluff. Trees will be a mixed variety of seedling White Pine, Spruce, and Cedar. Hopefully a nice spring with the right amount of moisture will provide them with a good start!

    There are quite a few trees that have been cut on the Algonquin Bluff between Park Street and Boiler Beach Road that have been laid down on the bluff area. The contractor removed as many trees and tops as possible that were safe to do so. The remaining trees may be unsightly right now, but within time these trees will break down, decompose, and between the trees planted, and the newly germinating maples as part of a natural forest succession will provide a natural forest cover in the future.



  • Savage Bros Tree Contractor update "ALMOST DONE!"

    5 months ago

    Hi again! The contractors have completed the Ash tree removal on the Bluff between Park Street, Concession 10 and Boiler Beach Road.

    There’s just a few small ash at the bottom of Heritage Dr., and we are going to wait until hydro one finished cutting down their trees at that location before completing the work at that site. There are a couple hazard trees remaining and then we are done!

    The contractors and myself would like to thank everyone for there coperation so far!

    Hi again! The contractors have completed the Ash tree removal on the Bluff between Park Street, Concession 10 and Boiler Beach Road.

    There’s just a few small ash at the bottom of Heritage Dr., and we are going to wait until hydro one finished cutting down their trees at that location before completing the work at that site. There are a couple hazard trees remaining and then we are done!

    The contractors and myself would like to thank everyone for there coperation so far!

  • Savage Bros Tree Contractor update

    5 months ago

    The tree contractor will be busy today Febraury 21st, and next week February 25th to March 1st working on the slope between boiler beach road, and Park street north of Concession 10. Drive carefully when contractors are on or near the roadsides! Thanks!

    The tree contractor will be busy today Febraury 21st, and next week February 25th to March 1st working on the slope between boiler beach road, and Park street north of Concession 10. Drive carefully when contractors are on or near the roadsides! Thanks!

  • February 20th 2019 - Savage Brothers Tree Cutting Update

    5 months ago

    Tree cutting along Boiler Beach Road will continue today, February 20th and Thursday February 21st, weather permitting. Contractors will be working along the Algonquin Bluff between Park Street and Boiler Beach Road off of Concession 10.

    Thank you for your cooperation during this time.

    Tree cutting along Boiler Beach Road will continue today, February 20th and Thursday February 21st, weather permitting. Contractors will be working along the Algonquin Bluff between Park Street and Boiler Beach Road off of Concession 10.

    Thank you for your cooperation during this time.

  • Savage Bros Tree Contractor update

    7 months ago

    Contractors are removing Logs off the Boiler Beach roadside today!
    The contractors anticipate the completion of Boiler Beach Road before Christmas, and plan to complete the Boiler Beach Road portion from December 17th, to the 21st.

    Contractors will then continue to work on the Algonquin Bluff between Park Street and Boiler Beach Road off of Concession 10 in January, February of 2019!

    Merry Christmas!


    Contractors are removing Logs off the Boiler Beach roadside today!
    The contractors anticipate the completion of Boiler Beach Road before Christmas, and plan to complete the Boiler Beach Road portion from December 17th, to the 21st.

    Contractors will then continue to work on the Algonquin Bluff between Park Street and Boiler Beach Road off of Concession 10 in January, February of 2019!

    Merry Christmas!

  • A question from a local Resident about tree planting!

    7 months ago

    The following comment was received. "The Emerald Ash are being cut down along Boiler Beach Rd. but, so are other trees like Maples and Evergreens why? The branches are all over the trails and paths and we hope this will be cleaned up. We live on Heritage Dr. and our park the Emerald Ash were all taken down along with other tree species over a year ago and still no cleanup. Matter -of-fact it is now being used to dump yard wastage."

    Our response: Yes, there may be a maple or evergreen cut down, but only if they are deemed...

    The following comment was received. "The Emerald Ash are being cut down along Boiler Beach Rd. but, so are other trees like Maples and Evergreens why? The branches are all over the trails and paths and we hope this will be cleaned up. We live on Heritage Dr. and our park the Emerald Ash were all taken down along with other tree species over a year ago and still no cleanup. Matter -of-fact it is now being used to dump yard wastage."

    Our response: Yes, there may be a maple or evergreen cut down, but only if they are deemed a hazard tree that may be diseased, dead, or damaged. The tree contractor is chipping branches that are part of a tree that has been cut down.

    Yes, Heritage Park Ash trees were removed, and in so doing there were many cedars that were unfortunate casualties of the ash tree removal. In the fall of 2017 the following trees were thankfully planted and cared for by local residents;

    Acer platanoides 'Royal Red' Royal Red maple 80 mm X 3
    Acer saccharum Sugar maple 70 mm X 3
    Juglans cinerea Butternut 70 mm X 3
    Tilia cordata 'Greenspire' Greenspire linden 90 mm X 4
    Evergreens:
    Thuja occidentalis (Hedging Grade) Eastern white cedar
    125 cm X 5
    150 cm X 5
    175 cm X 5

    There were also 100 pine and cedar seedlings also planted in the spring of 2018.

    It is unfortunate that some residents dump their yard waste into the park. The Township staff removed several truck loads of such yard waste in the fall of 2017, and the spring of 2018. It is an unfortunate use of resources that could be dedicated to other projects. We encourage all residents to be respectful of the parkland, and their neighbors, and recycle yard waste, or take it to the landfill depot for recycling. We do appreciate your comments.

  • Savage Bros Tree Contractor update

    8 months ago

    Tree contractors will be working on Boiler Beach road starting at Heritage Dr and heading south. Drive carefully please.

    Tree contractors will be working on Boiler Beach road starting at Heritage Dr and heading south. Drive carefully please.

  • Savage Bros Tree Contractor update

    8 months ago

    Tree Contractors are once again working along Boiler beach road near the Heritage drive Locations today Friday November 30th, 2018

    Tree Contractors are once again working along Boiler beach road near the Heritage drive Locations today Friday November 30th, 2018