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Re-greening Fort McMurray

Last Updated May 24, 2017 at 6:28 pm MDT

PHOTO. Trees burnt from the wildfire. NKS Photography. Used with permission.

There are many re-greening projects taking place throughout the Municipality such as the following:

Hazardous tree removal

Trees that were damaged by the wildfire and have severe health issues and may fall down will be removed.

These trees are inspected by a certified forestry experts using a three-scratch point assessment before being removed.

To report any potentially hazardous trees near properties, trials or roads call the PULSE line at 780-743-7000.

Trail restoration

The RMWB is working on replacing all pre-existing trials to a condition equal to what was lost or damaged although some locations of the trail may slightly change.


Vegetation management is a huge part of FireSmart when it comes to wildfires.

Besides the burn abatement and control burning that the city conducted earlier this spring the city is also working on a Wildfire Mitigation Strategy which will outline future FireSmart Work.

The report is expected to be completed by October, 2017.

Firebreak rehabilitation

Areas where trees were cleared to create firebreaks will be cleaned up.

The land 30 meters away from the property line will be rehabilitated and grading, topsoil and seeding will take place to maintain the firebreak.

All of the grass in these areas will be maintained through the Municipalities mowing and maintenance program.

Reforestation efforts

New trees will be planted through Tree Canada’s #OperationReLEAF Fort McMurray program.

Tree Canada will be planting in our community from May 24th through till June 15.

Around 76-thousand seedlings will be planted throughout the RMWB starting this spring, with more to follow as construction subsides.

This includes spruce, lodgepole pine, tembling aspen, willow and balsam popular seedlings.

Tree Canada’s moto is “right tree, right place” and they will be taking a number of factors in consideration when planting such as firesmart landscaping.

A ceremonial tree planting will be on Saturday, May 27 at Helen Pacholko Park behind Save On Foods in Thickwood at 1 p.m.

More Information

In some areas more than one project will be taking place.

If you would like to verify which project will be taking place in your neighbourhood you can email recovery@rmwb.ca

The city is almost prohibiting the use of Off Highway Vehicles (OHV) where planting is taking place as the seedings are only one foot tall.