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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Tree Removal In Goderich Causes Stir

Goderich | by Fadi Didi  

Public Works Director says council mandated clearing of vistas in 2016, more work to come.

Some tree removals along the bluffs in Canada's Prettiest Town are causing a stir.

In late 2017, town staff cleared trees from two area: Lighthouse Park, on Cobourg Street; and a section of Gloucester Terrace, near the Huron Historic Gaol.

Public Works Director Chip Wilson says the maintenance work is not a new development.

Wilson tells Country 104.9 News staff received the mandate to improve the vistas along the riverbank and waterfront from council in 2016.

Numerous residents took to Facebook to criticize the town over concern the removal of trees could erode the bluffs.

Wilson says the Maitland Valley Conservation Authority views the tree removal as "maintenance" to "improve the views" at the two locations in question.

The town's certified arborist was also involved in the process, according to Wilson.

More tree removals are planned for the future.

Wilson tells us the town will be examining where other lookouts could be improved to get a better view of Lake Huron and the Maitland River.

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