Wednesday, December 9, 2009

City alters tree space design to encourage bigger, healthier trees; Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada - Tree canopy improvements have multiple benefits By Brent Mazerolle - Breaking News, New Brunswick, Canada:
New subdivisions will now see the rights of way along their major streets shifted to help the growth of more and bigger trees in the neighbourhoods.
The plan to increase the city's urban tree canopy affects only new street construction and will see sidewalks abutting curbs and homes on one side of the street set further back.
This will give the city more room to plant larger trees in their rights-of-way, which is not only an esthetic and environmental benefit, but also a valuable way to extend the life of asphalt, which breaks down more rapidly in direct sunlight.
The design will apply to streets designated urban local primary, those that handle less than 2,000 vehicles per day, and urban collector minor, those that handle 2,000 to 7,000 per day.

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