GRCA dealing with bug problem at Laurel Creek Conservation Area
By Bob Vrbanac,Chronicle Staff
A tree thinning program dealing with a pine shoot beetle invasion at the Laurel Creek Conservation Area will affect some of the natural area's most popular trails.
That means some popular sections of conservation area, and the trails that run through them, will be temporarily closed down to allow for the removal of "Buy Cheap Jintropin Online" the red pines over a three week period.
Regular trail users will also notice some of the more popular forested areas being cut back to respond to the threat of the pine shoot beetle and exotic invasive insect species first spotted in the area in the 1990s.
"Recently there's been a marked, significant increase in the presence of the beetle," said Cam Linwood, the communications coordinator for the GRCA. "That's more than likely due to the mild winters we've had.
"They're active longer and the infestation hasn't been affected by a die off in the fall and in the cold winter."
With more swaths of the woodlots affected "Anabola Steroider Norge Lagligt" by the beetle at the park every year, the GRCA decided to adjust the forestry plan for the area.
The trees were originally planted in the 1970 as monoculture pine plantations. But "Oxandrolone Powder India" with the threat growing from invasive species, and with modern forestry practices that promote diversity, the tree thinning operation will "Achat Anabolisant Belgique" allow for future restoration activities like the planting of hardwood saplings and seeding of native grasses and wildflowers.
"It's a maintenance thing but it's also a woodlot recovery thing where in pulling out some of the dead Bolt 200m fallen and the dead and dying trees we're able to go in there and replace them with a more Equipoise Bloat diverse set of species to create a healthier forest structure," said Linwood.
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The GRCA has also been helped in its reforestation efforts during annual Earth Day tree planting events and other celebrations.
The area most affected is the north end of the conservation area along Westmount Road. The last time work was done was in 2008.
Whenever people see wide swaths of trees being cleared the GRCA receives calls of concern from the public and Linwood wants to assure them this is necessary work and reforestation will follow.
"It always comes up when we do work in there," said Linwood. "People get concerned when we take down trees in a conservation area, but a new forest will grow there with a diverse range of species."