Riding Mountain National Park

Information bulletin - FireSmart tree removal

Issued: November 16, 2022

Parks Canada is committed to reducing the risk of wildfires and protecting visitors, infrastructure, and natural and cultural resources on the lands it manages.

In Riding Mountain National Park, wildfire risk reduction is continuing this winter along the south boundary of the Operations Compound located at 1 Compound Road. This program will help protect homes, cottages and businesses in the event of a wildfire. Parks Canada staff will be thinning and limbing trees in the area between Meadow Green Estates and the Parks Canada Operations Compound. Work should be completed by mid-December 2022. The removal of plantation trees near the Operations Compound wood yard will continue until the end of March 2023. Parks Canada staff will be salvaging firewood, and the debris will be piled and burned within the Operations Compound boundary. Smoke may be visible in this area during burning.

Visitor safety is a priority for Parks Canada. Visitors are asked to use caution if using the road allowance between Meadow Green Estates and the Operations Compound. This road allowance will be used for tree removal. People in the area are advised to watch for heavy equipment and crews.

Parks Canada is a recognized leader in conservation. Prior to the removal of trees and vegetation, all projects undergo an assessment to ensure the overall ecology of the site, and that tree felling is conducted outside bird-nesting and migratory periods.

Parks Canada is an active partner of the FireSmart program that focuses on how individuals and communities can work together to reduce the risk of loss from wildfires in communities across Canada. Through safe and effective fire management, Parks Canada is reducing the danger of wildfire to the public, infrastructure and neighbouring lands, while improving the ecological health of our forests and grasslands.


Mireille Kroeker
Public Relations and Communications Officer
Riding Mountain National Park