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Rotary Park Woodlot Management Project
Rotary Park to undergo Woodlot Management Plan
Posted on 12/21/2021
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PUBLIC NOTICE

SUMMERSIDE, PE (December 22, 2021) – City of Summerside and the Rotary Club of Summerside partner to undergo Woodlot Management Plan at the Rotary Friendship Park.

Rotary Park known by most as a natural gem located directly in our city that creates an escape to nature within minutes of our homes was fist established in 1997 and is a 64-acre park located within the City of Summerside. The park is home to over 5km of wooded trails that are heavily utilized throughout all season for walking, hiking, running, biking, bird watching, skiing, fat-biking, and snowshoeing.

Healthy forests are desirable for many reasons. They are vital to our well-being, diverse in nature and home to a variety of organisms, protect our soils, streams, and rivers, improve air quality, absorb carbon dioxide, and improve the natural beauty of our surroundings.

Throughout the last two decades Rotary Park has a sustained a significant amount of natural damage as a result of hurricanes, ice storms, Dutch Elm disease in addition to the age of the forest itself.

As a result, over the past 13-months, the Community Services Department have engaged Forestry PEI and third-party forestry experts to develop an elaborate Woodlot Management Plan that focuses on forest fire prevention, wildlife management, invasive plant species management, along with silviculture and most importantly tree planting and regrowth. The plan will require removal of deadfall, patch cutting of designated areas all with an overall goal to ensure regrowth and long-term sustainability within our cherished Rotary Park.

With the project split in to 12 Stands (or areas), crews will begin mobilizing Stand 1 (see map) later this week which is located near the main entrance of Rotary Park. We advise users who hear the sounds of chainsaws not to fret, work being conducted is being done with the very thoughtful oversight of Forestry PEI and the prescriptions for each stand is being followed to the letter and work conducted will be done in a way to preserve current wildlife and invasive plant species. Cutting in stand one will occur during the winter months and of course planting will follow suit in the spring. Users are reminded to take caution when using the park and avoid the areas where work is being conducted.

The project is supported in partnership between the City of Summerside and Summerside Rotary Club in coordination with the Province of PEI’s Forest Enhancement Project. To review the City’s forest management plan for Rotary Friendship Park please visit:
https://www.summerside.ca/UserFiles/Servers/Server_4499283/File/WMP%20Rotary%20Park.pdf 

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For media inquires:
JP Desrosiers
Director of Community Services
City of Summerside
p. 902-432-1234
e. jp@city.summerside.pe.ca

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