FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A mix-up this past weekend has left the Garrison Landing walking trail with fewer trees than anticipated.

The trail between 100 and 105A Streets was getting work done by a contractor for the City of Fort St. John where underbrush and hazardous trees were to be removed.

However, the contractor ended up removing all vegetation along the trail, including several healthy trees, along with the underbrush and hazardous trees. The City halted the work and is now working on plans to plant new trees along the trail.

In a Facebook post, the City mentions how the contractor also had an altercation with a resident.

“Additionally, the contractor had an altercation with at least one resident and does not reflect the high standards we hold ourselves and our contractors to. We will be working with the contractor to ensure these situations do not occur in the future.”

The City says the contracted work was to help manage the available fuel for potential wildfires, improve the remaining trees’ health, and ensure the safety of trail users.