April 1, 2022

A portion of Potter’s Creek Conservation Area’s Orchard Trail will be permanently closed starting Monday, April 4, due to severe impacts of the Emerald Ash Borer to the area’s Ash trees. A looped trail is now being designated south of the rail line and around the closed part of the trail so that visitors can still easily access the area.

The Emerald Ash Borer is an invasive forest insect that infests Ash trees, causing many of them to die. Dead Ash trees pose a significant safety hazard as they can fall easily and quickly. Quinte Conservation’s field team will be performing hazard tree removal directly adjacent to the closed trail over the next few weeks. Affected trees further away from the trail will be left to fall on their own. Staff will also perform additional naturalization efforts to re-habilitate the area for plants and wildlife.

Quinte Conservation had been participating in a trial invasive species control program for the Emerald Ash Borer, but unfortunately, due to COVID 19, the program was postponed. Staff will resume the program at Potter’s Creek Conservation Area in 2022 in an attempt to preserve the Ash trees that have not yet been impacted and to collect more data for the initiative.

Visitors are asked to obey signage and to stay on trails clearly marked for use.

Quinte Conservation is a community-based environmental protection agency. It serves 18 municipalities in the watersheds of the Moira, Napanee and Salmon Rivers and Prince Edward County. It provides cost-effective environmental expertise and leadership. Quinte Conservation’s main goal is to create a sustainable ecosystem where people and nature live in harmony. More information about Quinte Conservation is available at


For more information contact: 
Kirsten Geisler, Communications Specialist
(613) 968-3434 ext. 123