Forestry update

Staff memo.

Extreme cold currently has forestry work restricted almost entirely to ground work, mostly chipping branches and removing any remaining branches obstructing sidewalks. This will be the focus until the end of this week. Roads are clear of branches, and significant tree hazards along boulevards have been neutralized. Priority will now shift to clearing some of the major community pathways and areas of heavy traffic in parks. The substantial work of chipping remaining piles of branches lying in boulevards is a lower priority, and also awaits a softening of the icy crust that presents an operational challenge to this task. We are still at least several weeks away from completion of the cleanup.

We currently have all forestry staff working in 2 crews, and one outside contractor chipping crew. Staff

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