Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Forest Health in Regional Parks

As many people in Langley City know, it is important to monitor the health of forests and groves in parks to help manage the spread of diseases that cause the premature death of trees.

Trees in Hunter Park had Laminated Root Rot. Laminated Root Rot spreads tree-to-tree if action isn’t taken. Unfortunately, a significant number of trees in Hunter Park had to be removed, but it stopped the spread of the disease. This is a local example.

The Metro Vancouver Regional District recently completed a forest health survey to help identify problem areas within their park network.

The following maps show three of the significant forested parks in the South of Fraser. More maps are available in the April 1st Regional Parks Committee presentation package.

Burns Bog Forest Health. Select map to enlarge.

Campbell Valley Forest Health. Select map to enlarge.

Aldergrove Park Forest Health. Select map to enlarge.

The next step for the regional district will be to come up with a plan to remedy the problem areas within the forests that they manage.

Forests provided significant ecological services to our region such as:

  • Carbon storage
  • Carbon sequestration
  • Disease regulation
  • water filtration and purification
  • Flood control
  • Pollinator habitat
  • Nutrient recycling
  • Pest control
  • Soil erosion prevention
  • Recreation and exercise
  • Air filtration
  • Shade and cooling
  • Soil formation
  • Wildlife habitat
  • Opportunities for wildlife viewing

It is important that we maintain the health of the limited amount of forested areas that remain in our region.

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