Saturday, January 31, 2009

Many trees are dead or near death, but Victoria has no long-term plan for replacement; Victoria, Canada; 1/30/09

Aging forest stumps Victoria Globe and Mail - Toronto,Ontario,Canada
Many of the 40,000 trees in the city's parks and on streets and boulevards are nearing the end of their lives, more than half having already exceeded their projected existence. More than 5 per cent are dead, a figure that continues to climb. That has left the city scrambling to come up with a plan.
As it stands, Victoria has 18-per-cent tree cover, a figure Mr. Speed would like to increase to 25 per cent. But that will take swift action combined with a suitable strategy, and the sooner the city starts, the better.

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