Sunday, January 29, 2012

Pelee area bad news #2 - down with the trees

Heard from the rumour mill (AKA my Dad) that hundreds to thousands of trees have been felled inside Point Pelee National Park this winter. Here's a pic he took from the Woodland Nature Trail a few weeks ago:

He spoke to someone at the park, who mentioned they were clearing hundreds of trees from along the park road, in order to create a "buffer" to prevent school buses from being scratched as they drove in... But what about inside the woods? Anyone know what's going on?


Ever wondered what would happen if vultures found a dead person? :


More weather network stuff--- 

Varied Thrush in ON:

Eagle with, crow? :

Black Fox:


  1. From my Dad:

    I think you have some facts mixed up.

    The picture you posted is not from the woodland nature trail. That is from the road towards the lake (east side) aka sparrow field. It is right from beside the bench that was at the start of the trail in to the sparrow field.


    whoops. thanks Dad!

  2. The varied thrush is just east of Sault Ste. Marie -

  3. Hey Brandon,
    They are clearing out the trees there to open up the field and create a cedar savannah like habitat in the Sparrow Field. You can actually see Sparrow Field from the road now. Apparently they will be doing controlled burning soon. Other trees being removed from all over the park are ash trees (except Blue Ash I'm sure).

  4. Thanks for the info David and Marianne!

    I've also recieved an email from the park, which I've posted below:

    Good afternoon,

    There are a few projects concurrently ongoing in Point Pelee that you may be referring to.

    The first is the removal of Ash trees that were affected by the Emerald Ash Boar. Dead ash trees that were close to trails and the road were removed because of the threat to visitor safety. This is part of regular trail and road maintenance. The trail behind the visitor centre was one of the areas where ash trees were removed. Most of the wood was cut and will be sold to participants in the park's youth camping program.

    The second project is part of Point Pelee's Savannah Restoration Program which is removing invasive and exotic trees and shrubs from savannah sites, such as Sparrow Field. The restoration project aims to re-open savannah habitat for the plants and animals that require more light and heat from the sun. Point Pelee's savannah protects 25% of the Species at Risk in the park, many of which require open habitats.

    Though the first impression of these actions may seem alarming, the long-term goals are to improve the habitat for the wildlife and plants and to maintain a safe place for visitors to come to enjoy these habitats.

    Thank you for your continued interest in Point Pelee National Park.