Mission Creek 'regularly monitored' for danger trees, says RDCO

Danger trees removed

Two danger trees have been removed from the Mission Creek trail area, following an incident where a tree fell on top of a man severely injuring him on June 14.

The man and his friend were walking the Mission Creek trail near Springfield Road and Ziprick Road when the tree cracked and fell on top of him at about 3 p.m. 

Regional District of Central Okanagan (RDCO) communications officer Bruce Smith confirmed a Danger Tree Assessment has been done on trees in the vicinity of the site since June 14, and says his staff look for potential hazards on a daily basis.

"In the post-incident assessment, two trees were identified near the Mission Creek Greenway between Leckie Road and Ziprick Road and were removed.  

"With 63 kilometres of formal trails in 30 regional parks we have ongoing danger tree assessments and for other hazards as well. With the priority on public safety and that of our staff, our three certified parks and recreation site Danger Tree Assessors and other Parks operations staff are always looking for potential hazards and when identified, they address it or take steps to address it including closing off an area to the public, if required."

RDCO was not able to confirm what date the last Danger Tree Assessment took place prior to the incident on June 14.

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