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Tree Pruning Program Encourages Wildlife Habitat
Posted Date: 4/24/2018

Starting April 2018, Parks Operations will remove or modify selected dead tree snags.

The dead tree snags are currently located close to the asphalt trail in the Muskoseepi Corridor (between 84 and 68 Avenues) and O'Brien Lake.

Tree Pruning Program 2018

These dead trees have been evaluated for hazard potential by the City’s Certified Arborists and will be entirely removed or modified to create wildlife habitat.

Modification involves removal of the top section of the tree to mitigate and reduce hazards, and retain a portion of the tree for wildlife habitat. This retained portion is a key to enhancing wildlife diversity in the urban natural forest.

“Our primary goal is to reduce hazards linked to dead tree snags and at the same time try to enhance the natural habitat of our wildlife species,” says Dan Beilman, Parks Operations Tree Maintenance Technician. “This will only encourage biodiversity in our natural urban forest.”

Safety of workers and the general public is of the utmost importance. Citizens and visitors using the Muskoseepi and O’Brien Trail system are asked to watch out for signs and pylons and avoid areas that have been sectioned off.

For more information on the 2018 Tree Pruning Program visit