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Pruning of plant life on Humphrey’s Brook Trail

May 7, 2013

MONCTON – The City of Moncton would like to advise residents that crews will be removing trees and shrubs this week along the Humphrey’s Brook Trail from the Mill Road Bridge to approximately Palisade Drive to prepare for the removal of the Humphrey’s Brook Dam this summer.

The plant life affected will be removed using a technique called renewal pruning, allowing the plant to regrow naturally in the surrounding habitat. This operation is being conducted now as to allow the best chance for the plants to survive.

“What we’re going to do is bring the trees and shrubs down to a stool, which maintains the rootstock,” explains Dan Hicks, Parks and Grounds Supervisor with the City of Moncton. “We need to do this now as opposed to just prior to the demolition of the dam because if we wait until the summer, the chances of survival for the trees and shrubs are greatly diminished.”

The Humphrey’s Brook trail will remain open during this operation, however the City asks that those using the trail exercise caution around the affected area.

The City of Moncton apologizes for any inconvenience and appreciates the patience and cooperation of residents.

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Media Contact:

André Cormier
Communications Officer
City of Moncton