Vegetation management to begin along Kicking Horse River Dike Print Article Font Size
From March 16 to April 1, Green Leaf Tree Services, contracted by the Town of Golden, will be working along the Kicking Horse River dike system to undertake prescribed tree removals.
The provincial Inspector of Dikes requires vegetation management to be carried out on dike structures as a maintenance best practice. Work will take place from the Golden Municipal Campground to the confluence of the Kicking Horse and Columbia rivers.
 “Vegetation management is required in order to maintain IMG_0516.JPEGthe integrity of the dike structure particularly during high flow periods,” explained Chief Administrative Officer, Jon Wilsgard. “Although we are required to remove some trees now, vegetation will be replaced with recommended plantings at designated dike improvement areas.”
This work is being done under the ongoing and larger Kicking Horse River Dike Improvement Project which includes:
  • Vegetation management work along the entire dike system;
  • Burying of aerial utilities and construction of a flood wall along the right bank between the highway 95 bridge and the pedestrian bridge;
  • Possible dike crest raising and armouring improvements at several identified locations between the campground and the confluence.
All tree removal work will be completed by April 1 to avoid any conflict with bird nesting activity. Stump removal will occur later under a separate contract.
Green Leaf Tree Services will be responsible for dike pathway closures to accommodate their work schedule and as such will be placing barricades on either end of their moving work zone as required by their operations.