White Birch Damage

The majority of campers and visitors follow the rules to protect trees and plants and leave the forest untouched, helping to protect birch trees. This tree was not so lucky.

 

White Birch (Betula papyrifera) that has had a section of its bark peeled off. © Copyright 2016 Awenda Provincial Park, All Rights Reserved

White Birch (Betula papyrifera) that has had a section of its bark peeled off. © Copyright 2016 Awenda Provincial Park, All Rights Reserved

The stripping of birch bark has greatly reduced this tree’s chances of survival. The multi-layered bark acts as a protective layer which helps to protect the tree from fungi and wood boring insects. The removal of bark may also affect the flow of nutrients and water. It is likely this tree will die as a result.

Under the provisions act of the The Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves Act, Ontario Regulation 347-07 Section 2 (2) (a) it is illegal to ‘unlawfully harm a plant or tree’. The fine for this offence is $155.00.

Please help the Park by reporting any infractions and take care not to damage, injure, remove or interfere with any living or non-living thing within Awenda.