The City of Red Deer released this map of the area around Pines where deadfall clearing will be taking place. (Contributed image).

The City of Red Deer released this map of the area around Pines where deadfall clearing will be taking place. (Contributed image).

Deadfall clearing will reduce fire risk to Red Deer’s Pines neighbourhood

The City of Red Deer will be removing forest deadfall around the Pines neighbourhood to lower wildfire risk.

As part of the Wildfire Management Program, Red Deer parks workers will be removing some dried and fallen matter in forested areas of the Pines neighbourhood.

Work will begin mid-November with completion expected in late December 2022.

Parks staff will be selectively clearing this fallen plant material that may act as a wildfire hazard.

This multi-year program is a joint effort between The City of Red Deer’s Emergency Services Department and Parks and Public Works Department to minimize the risk of fire in Red Deer’s urban forest areas.

The City adheres to the Wildlife Act and Migratory Bird Act and follows best practices for forest management.

An email from the city states that affected trail segments remain open for use during the removal project.

But residents are asked to adhere to warning signs and to remain a safe distance away from equipment and personnel working in this area.

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