Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2014 11:58:20 -0400
From: Debra Huron <firstname.lastname@example.org>
This article from Friday’s Globe and Mail raises and probes into all the important questions around how cities can work to maintain and protect large, healthy trees. Toronto has a vision. It understands that most of the city’s healthy and mature trees are on private property (60 percent!). And it is working to ensure that damage to such trees does not happen willy-nilly as new housing and development occurs.
Unfortunately, Forestry Services in Ottawa has a much less inspired view–no plans, no vision for how to protect mature and health trees, like the Champlain Oaks. It doesn’t even know what percentage of the urban canopy consists of large trees. This lack of vision is an issue worth raising during this fall’s municipal election campaign.
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