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Four big poplars being removed from Kin Park

Trees at Kin Park in Chemainus are being trimmed from the bottom up before being brought down. - Pete Cavanaugh
Trees at Kin Park in Chemainus are being trimmed from the bottom up before being brought down.
— image credit: Pete Cavanaugh

Four big, dangerous poplar trees in Chemainus' Kin Park are being removed this week, North Cowichan officials say.

"We have no choice," Mayor Jon Lefebure said of the poplars that have dropped large limbs in recent years.

"One branch could kill someone."

An independent arborist's report shows the four trees along the eastern boundary, beside the park's playground, green space and parking lot "have severe decay and need to be removed," parks and recreation director Ernie Mansueti's release says.

"The trees have been regularly inspected by an arborist since 2008. The other trees within the park, which include poplars, are still healthy."

The perilous poplars will be replaced by shorter, native-tree species providing shade, he notes.

North Cowichan has no formal tree-cutting bylaw.

Kin Park, including its boat ramp, are closed and/or had limited access this week. For more, call the municipality at 250-746-3106.

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