Sunday, April 5, 2009

Citizens upset by wide-spread tree removal in advance of tree protection law; Guelph, Ontario, Canada; 4/1/09

Tree-clearing frustrates city Guelph Mercury - Guelph,Ontario,Canada
Jim Riddell, director of community design and development, said city staff are working on a new tree bylaw. He said council should get a status update on the bylaw before summer, and the legislation should be in place by the end of this year.
But Piper wants to see something sooner, if possible.
"What I'm seeing lately are perfectly healthy trees coming down for no good reason whatsoever," Piper said, adding without an interim bylaw "we're going to continue losing healthy trees."
Coun. Mike Salisbury said he has noticed "pre-emptive tree clearing" in his west end ward, as developers remove foliage well in advance of building.

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