Clearing concerns expressed after trim

A bald eagle surveys White Rock from a tall tree on White Rock
A bald eagle surveys White Rock from a tall tree on White Rock's 'hump', which underwent significant clearing last week.
— image credit: Tracy Holmes

Work to clear shrubs, invasive vegetation and hazardous trees from White Rock’s waterfront hillside looked a little rough this week.

But it will get better, officials say.

Greg St. Louis, the city’s director of engineering and municipal operations, said Tuesday a city-contractedTree and brush cleared crew is continuing to fine-tune last week’s clearing, including cutting branches, tidying trunks – and dealing with a “disgusting” amount of garbage.

The work was undertaken in part to restore view corridors. The refuse – including numerous cans and bottles – was revealed during the removal of blackberry bushes and other shrubbery.

“It’s very unfortunate that people litter that much,” St. Louis said.

He said additional garbage cans will be placed in the area in an effort to curb the problem.

Another surprise find that has to be dealt with is a trail and partially built stairs.

While Peace Arch News heard from residents concerned about the aftermath of the clearing – one noting its possible impact on eagles that routinely roost in the hillside’s mature trees – St. Louis said he has fielded just one complaint.

He anticipates the last of the work will be wrapped up by Monday, with results of a stability check of the hillside expected in a few weeks.


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