Puslinch Tract to temporarily close for tree maintenance

PUSLINCH – The Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) is closing the Puslinch Tract property here for three days next week.

The closure, effective Jan. 18 to 20, will allow GRCA staff to conduct “hazard tree maintenance” on the property.

“Trail closure signs will be posted at all entrances to the property and access will not be permitted,” states a Jan. 13 GRCA press release.

“Members of the public are asked to avoid the area while the work is underway and to obey all posted signage so that crews may complete the work safely.”

Officials say the maintenance will include the removal of about 100 trees – mostly ash and red and white pines – that are dead or dying and therefore pose a risk to the public.

“Where possible, trees that are removed as part of this maintenance work will be left on the forest floor, where they will form new habitat and enrich the soil in the area as they decay,” states the GRCA.

“The public should be aware that trail conditions may change following this work and caution is urged when using this property.”