Cates Park/Whey-ah-Wichen tree removal

Our local First Nations partners, Tsleil-Waututh Nation and Inlaillawatash Tree Service, are removing hazard trees in Cates Park/Whey-ah-Wichen, starting September 14 until the end of November.

    About the trees being removed

    A total of 25 hemlock and maple trees and 13 alder trees are deemed hazardous and pose a potential risk to the public.

    The trees have been assessed by a Certified Arborist and Tree Risk Assessor and are either dead, dying, or have significant defects that require immediate attention.

    Environmental considerations

    We will be working with local First Nations partners to ensure replacement trees are planted throughout the park.

    Depending on the severity and location of the defective parts of the trees, the trees may be significantly modified to remove defective parts, wildlife snagged, or removed entirely.

    Where possible, large tree limbs, trunks, and stumps will remain on site in a safe manner to provide valuable habitat for native species that exist in the park.

    Safety precautions

    This work is required, as public safety is our number one priority and Cates Park is heavily used by residents and visitors alike. Signage will be posted in the park throughout the duration of the project and on trails that need to be closed temporarily.

    Flaggers will be on site to maintain safe work zones. Please be cautious when entering the area.

    Project map and timeline

    The work will be completed in two phases:

    • Phase 1 — September 14 - 30, 2020
    • Phase 2 — November 16 - 30, 2020