All Town-owned ash trees on streets have been assessed. Trees with the most significant damage at the time of assessment will be removed this winter. Work was expected to begin the week of December 5th, 2016 and be complete by March (weather permitting). Street trees have been marked with an “R” to indicate they will be removed. In June 2017, all remaining ash trees on streets will be assessed again.
Park trees that are dead or dying due to Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) damage will also be removed this winter, as per the Parks & Open Space Removal and Replacement Plan. In some forested areas, ash tree logs and branches will be left on the forest floor after being cut down. This is because woody debris and fallen logs are an important contributor to a healthy forest eco-system, recycling nutrients back into the environment and providing habitat for plants and animals.
Replanting of street and park trees that are removed this winter will take place in fall 2017.
A notice in the form of a door hanger will be provided to residents whose property is adjacent to Town-owned trees that are scheduled for maintenance (removal, stumping or replacement). If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Jeff Stewart 905-771-8800 (ext. 2935) or Mark Davies (ext. 2945).
Here is a link to the map that shows the area where trees are being removed: https://eservices.richmondhill.ca/documents/Winter-2016-2017-Street-Ash-Removals.html
More information about EAB is available at RichmondHill.ca/EAB.