Jasper National Park News

Tree removal project to reduce wildfire hazard in Jasper National Park Underway

Tree removal project to reduce wildfire hazard in Jasper National Park Underway

Over the winter of 2018-2019, Parks Canada and Canfor, a forestry company, are working to reduce the amount of dead and dying trees in mountain pine beetle affected forest

west of the Municipality of Jasper, in an area known as Pyramid Bench. 

Mechanical thinning to remove mature pine and some mature spruce trees is now underway and will continue through the winter and spring.The project area connects to FireSmart treated areas around town, which will create a much larger protected area to the west and will reduce the risk of windblown embers onto the townsite in the event of a wildfire. 

Trail closures 

There will be trail closures on the Pyramid Bench, west of the Jasper townsite, this winter to ensure the safety of the public in areas where crews and equipment are operating, falling trees, and hauling logs. Please follow all warnings and closures. 

Work is starting in the Mina-Riley Lakes area and the first round of closures are impacting:

  • Sections of trails 8, 8c, 8d, 8e and 8f
  • Cottonwood Slough parking lot (P4)
  • Sections of Cabin Lake fire road (8e) 

Trail users will not be able to use the section of trail 2 and 15 between the fire road and Cottonwood Slough parking lot until work is completed in this section. 

This area between Cottonwood Slough and Cabin Creek will likely be closed for the duration of the project. Tree removals are expected to begin south of Cabin Creek in December, and then continue up towards Patricia Lake in January and February, so additional trail closures will be issued as work progresses. 

Check the trail conditions for trail closures on the Pyramid Bench this winter: parkscanada.gc.ca/jaspertrails 

Traffic delays on Pyramid Lake Road 

Drivers can also expect traffic delays on Pyramid Lake Road as heavy equipment is turning on to and off the road. Traffic control will be in place when work is happening adjacent to the road. 

Information 

Additional details will be available on our website as the project proceeds: parkscanada.gc.ca/jasperfireupdate