Presentations

ODELL PARK, FREDERICTON, NEW BRUNSWICK: ABOUT TRAILS AND TREE HEALTH
This presentation is about trail impacts on adjacent trees within Fredericton’s Odell Park. Here, root scoughing along the trails leads to increased root and stem rot. Affected trees show symptoms of gradual decline, which leads to the eventual removal of such trees as these become a physical hazard to trail walkers. Trail re-surfacing may or may not protect the trees: wood chips tend to promote existing root rot due to persistent moisture retention and wetness; in contrast, gravel and exposed mineral soil achieve the opposite. The presentation leads the viewer through methods and photos used to substantiate these observations and statements. Park managers interested in trail design and responsible for trail upkeep may wish to take notice.