Thursday, October 11, 2012

Tree replanting essential to Calgary's urban forest


Planting trees helps build communities is a mantra Calgarians truly believe in and maintaining and sustaining the health of Calgary’s urban forest is a key environmental priority for The City.

That’s why City of Calgary Parks is in the process of planting 366 trees across the city as part of its Poplar Lifecycle and Species Diversity Project.

“Trees contribute to our city’s beautiful landscape, improve quality of life, and provide many environmental and social benefits,” says Jill-Anne Spence, Urban Forestry Lead with The City of Calgary Parks.

Made possible by the community investment fund, this $450,000 project included an assessment of The City’s aging poplar trees in need of replacement due to poor condition and health.

 “For every one tree removed, two are being planted. Where possible, shade trees such as oak, ash or elm are replacing poplars,” says Spence. “It’s important for the overall health of the city’s urban forest for trees to be of mixed age and species, to ensure the trees can be enjoyed by both us and future generations.”

Replacement planting occurs in the same location as removal or, if that is not possible, trees are planted in the nearest park. A mix of tree types is replacing the dying poplars as appropriate to the planting location.
Planning for the project began in May. Removal and planting started in September and is anticipated to be completed by the end of October.

Created by City Council on July 25, 2011, the community investment fund will invest $252 million from 2012 to 2016 into tangible and useful community improvements on things like libraries, recreation centres, swimming pools, arenas, athletic fields, parks, playgrounds and emergency services. For more information, please visit Calgary.ca/communityinvestmentfund.

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