‘A challenging time to be a tree right now’: City of Winnipeg forester

A storm that hit Manitoba over the Thanksgiving weekend last year caused an unprecedented amount of damage to Winnipeg’s trees — and now that the weather is finally starting to warm up, city staff are back in action reforesting Winnipeg’s parks and boulevards.

“We did complete all of the high-risk concerns out there with pruning and removal of felled trees, felled limbs,” city forester Martha Barwinsky told 680 CJOB.

“We expect there are some that we missed — that we didn’t see or weren’t called in — that we’ll be addressing over the next few months, especially now as people are spending more time in their yards and looking at trees.”

Barwinsky said the city estimates about 30,000 of its 300,000 boulevard and park trees were impacted in some way by the storm.

“That’s unprecedented in our time, for sure. Also what’s unprecedented is the amount of assistance and support we had to clean up that damage.

“We’re still amazed at how quickly we were able to do that with our dedicated staff and with the support of private industry and other cities coming out to help us.”

Although the damage from the storm is cleaned up, Winnipeg trees aren’t necessarily in the clear just yet.

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