Almost 100 trees will be coming down in Brantford this week in order to restore habitats for the threatened eastern meadowlark.
The removal will take place on the Eagles Nest property near Birkett Lane and parts of Brant Park, in collaboration between the Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) and the City of Brantford, from March 12 to 16.
Most of the trees are staying, says GRCA in a media release. The ones removed will mostly be Siberian Elm, a tree not native to the area. People are warned to stay clear of work areas while crews work.
The project is part of a 20-year-long agreement between the GRCA and the City of Brantford for the stewardship of tallgrass prairie habitat, which eastern meadowlark thrive in.
GRCA has identified their property next to John Wright Soccer Field as a good habitat for the threatened songbird, but it needs to be converted into native grassland.
“Meadow and grassland stewardship and restoration are an integral part of an ecologically healthy watershed and benefit a whole host of grassland dependent plants and animals,” said Crystal Allan, GRCA supervisor of natural heritage, in a release.
The City of Brantford is paying for the entire project as required by Ontario’s Endangered Species Act. The payment is to compensate for the loss of eastern meadowlark habitat due to highway enhancements at Highway 403 and Oak Park Road.