New Brunswick

UNB is clearing out large section of damaged trees

Some Fredericton residents say they're noticing some unusual activity in the University of New Brunswick woodlot.

About 8 hectares of wood had to be cut in the cleanup after last year's post-tropical storm Arthur

The University of New Brunswick is clearing out a large section of the woodlot in Fredericton as the cleanup continues following post-tropical storm Arthur.

Jasen Golding, who manages the woodlot for the university, says that people should not be alarmed by stacks of logs piled in the UNB woodlot.

He says about eight hectares of wood had to be cut in the ongoing cleanup after last year's post-tropical storm Arthur and to expand an outdoor classroom for forestry students.

"The area where they are cut down, that's a small woodlot demonstration area, it got hit really hard and a lot of trees were compromised," Golding said.

"We're just waiting for a couple weeks of good weather to dry the road out and move the wood."

Couches, toilets, televisions found

Golding says it's not just wood being cleared away. 

Crews are finding lots of garbage in the area including couches, toilets, televisions and other refuse. 

"We've caught people this spring. We've caught two or three people," he said.

"We didn't see it but we've had people who have and called my office."

Golding says they have taken active measures to find the culprits.

"There's times when we'll go through the garbage, look for a name for something then we'll call people and say you've got X amount of hours to get this cleaned up," he said. 

Golding says signs will going up at the entrances of the woodlot soon to warn against illegal dumping.

The university is also considering putting up security cameras. 


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