How will this work affect landowners?
The contractor will be speaking directly to landowners if infested green trees are identified on their property, to offer removal. The landowners will not incur a cost to have infected trees removed, and are not required to agree to the offer. Any work on private land must be approved by the owner of the land.
As well, James Kwasney, Arena & Parks Supervisor, is managing the Town’s efforts to remove dead standing pine and will be contacting landowners as needed to offer removal. Residents can continue to Fire Smart their own properties to reduce the potential threat and severity of wildfires in our area. For more information on Fire Smart, please visit the Fire Smart site here.
How will this work affect the community?
The control work has the potential to create a noticeable difference to the landscape of our community. However, no clear cutting of areas is included in the approved workplan. Residents are encouraged to avoid any areas with active work, and to keep pets on leash to prevent risk of injury. Areas where active work is taking place will be signed, with personnel on site, and the Town will inform the community of any short-term closures to high-traffic public areas. Residents can also call 780 865 6032 for more information.
How can I report infected trees?
Hinton residents are encouraged to report both green infested trees and dead standing pine trees on their own private land, as well as public property, by calling 780 865 2634. Residents can also utilize the citizen request tracker by selecting the icon on the home page of your myHinton App, downloadable on both the Google Play and Apple Store. Snap a picture of the of the impacted area, fill in your information, submit, and Town of Hinton staff will respond within two business days. You can also use request tracker online here.