May 3, 2016 – On Saturday, April 30, Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) hosted its second annual community tree planting at Rattray Marsh Conservation Area. More than 120 volunteers came out to plant 400 trees and shrubs, and remove invasive species such as honeysuckle and buckthorn.
“Rattray Marsh lost a lot of trees to the emerald ash borer (EAB) infestation and the 2013 ice storm,” said Mike Puddister, Deputy CAO and Director of Watershed Transformation for CVC. “The good news is we are slowly rebuilding the tree canopy and bringing new life to the conservation area through community support and volunteer efforts. “
More than 25 species of trees and shrubs will be planted in different areas throughout the conservation area in 2016 to boost biodiversity. “If we plant a greater diversity of tree species, the forest will be more resilient to future diseases or infestations,” said Puddister.
Rattray Marsh Conservation Area was hit hard by EAB due to its high ash tree concentration. The shiny green beetle is not native to North America. It infests and kills 99.9 per cent of all ash trees.
Infested trees were removed only when it was determined they could not be saved and if they posed a hazard to people on trails or private property. CVC removed infected ash trees in 2015 and early 2016. They were able to inoculate some healthy ash trees against EAB.
Downed ash trees were reused responsibly as mulch, for artistic wood carvings, and other uses. Some ash trees cut down were left on the forest floor to create wildlife habitat and return nutrients back into the soil.
CVC held a series of community meetings to consult with local resident on ash management activites at the conservation area. Residents provided valuable input throughout the ash tree management process.
Conservation authorities are a provincial/municipal partnership. For 60 years, Credit Valley Conservation has worked with its partners to support a thriving environment that protects, connects and sustains us. Credit Valley Conservation gratefully acknowledges financial support from our member municipalities for facilities, programs and services: the Regions of Peel and Halton; the Cities of Mississauga and Brampton; the Towns of Caledon, Erin, Halton Hills, Mono, Oakville and Orangeville; and the Townships of Amaranth and East Garafraxa. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.
Rattray Marsh volunteers planting trees
Rattray Marsh – volunteers at work
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