Monday, October 26, 2009

Program incentivizes tree planting with hopes of raising UTC from 12% to 25%; Kelowna, British Columbia

Kelowna’s tree count gets boosted
The Okanagan’s tree canopy became a bit more expansive yesterday due to the NeighbourWoods program.
More than 100 trees were purchased and planted in local neighbourhoods as part of a City of Kelowna pilot project.
“We were promoting buying a $100 tree for $30, to increase tree coverage in the city, which is quite low,” said Mayor Sharon Shepherd at a tree planting ceremony at Carney Park.
Currently, this city’s tree coverage sits at around 12 per cent, and the aim is to raise it to 25 per cent of — and to also make sure the tree species planted are diverse.

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