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Trail service is impacted at Ausable River Cut CA

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A photo of cutting of Norway Maple for invasive species management.

 

Date of Notice: January 29, 2024

Ausable Bayfield Conservation continues invasive species management at Ausable River Cut Conservation Area; trail service impacted4

Trail service is impacted at Ausable River Cut CA.

Invasive species management work began on Jan. 31 and continues throughout February. There may be minor disruptions to trail availability but ABCA does not expect to close the conservation area because of this work except for temporary closings of the parking lot.

Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) began invasive species management at Ausable River Cut Conservation Area (ARCA), located at 9945 Northville Crescent, Thedford, on January 31, 2024.

The primary invasive species that ABCA is managing are Scots Pine; European Buckthorn; and Norway Maple. 

Invasive species tend to grow in a wide range of habitats, spreading rapidly and outcompeting native plants. Due to these characteristics, invasive species may impact the biodiversity of native tree, shrub, and plant species, affecting wildlife habitat, and impacting the long-term resilience of the ecosystem. 

Managing these invasive species will help promote conditions for a diversity of native species to grow, benefitting the overall ecosystem health. 

ABCA’s Invasive Species Strategy, in accordance with Best Management Practices (BMPs) for the applicable species management, will guide the work.  

The invasive species management work is expected to commence January 31 and continue throughout the month of February. During this period, there may be minor disruptions to trail availability. However, ABCA does not expect to close the conservation area, because of this management work. 

Following the management work, there will be branches visible from the invasive species that were managed; however, this is an expected result of the management work, and we look forward to seeing the native species flourish as a result of the management.

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