Even in winter, the emerald ash borer remains a matter of concern. Just as the snow season is off to a start, the City of Montréal is undertaking felling operations in several large parks across Montréal, including Mount Royal. Operations aim to ensure the safety of visitors and limit the propagation of this insect pest. In all cases, efforts will be made to reduce the impact on park users.

In 2017, the City of Montréal launched a campaign against the emerald ash borer throughout the territory. As a follow-up to initial steps, it is carrying out a second phase of felling operations targeting dying ash and dangerous trees in the forests of Mount Royal over the coming year:
  • Fall 2019 and winter 2020: felling operations in the Outremont woods, in Tiohtià:ke Otsira'kéhne Park (Outremont Summit), in the Summit sector, at the Peel entrance of Mount Royal Park and in the Beaver Lake Glades sector
  • Fall 2020 and winter 2021: felling operations in the Piedmont and Brackenfell (Fougeraie) sectors
  • 2020-2021: reforestation activities in various sectors
Tree cutting takes place in the winter to minimize impacts on the soil, vegetation and nesting migratory birds present during the summer. Moreover, winter is the perfect time to act on the borer in order to destroy larvae in the wood before they emerge.

Will there be an impact on Mount Royal Park users this winter?

Felling operations on the mountain may disrupt access to cross-country ski trails and forest paths in coming weeks. During work, certain sections of cross-country ski trails and portions of Olmsted Path will be deviated or closed to the public. Temporary paths will be created to allow users to safely pursue their activities.

For your safety and the protection of natural habitats, please remember to respect the signs in place and to stay on marked paths and trails.

During operations, members of Les amis de la montagne’s Conservation Patrol will be on hand to meet with park visitors and answer questions. 

Did you know? Felled ash trees are shredded on site or sent to the Complexe environnemental de Saint-Michel (CESM) to be transformed into boards or wood chips. The City of Montréal will use wood planks in various projects such as flower boxes or in more elaborate constructions such as the Café suspendu, which takes up residence on Mount Royal during the warmer months of the year.
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