Thursday, August 19, 2010

City looks to double tree canopy cover to 30% - St. Catharines, Ontario, CA

City looks to boost tree population - St. Catharines Standard - Ontario, CA:
Diane Goldsworthy cringes every time a tree is cut down in her central St. Catharines neighbourhood.

'I'm in an area where there's lots of old trees, and when the trees get cut down my house gets hot, I can see everyone else's house,' Goldsworthy said Wednesday night at a public meeting on the city's proposed urban forest management plan.

Goldsworthy, a semi-retired information technology specialist, said she welcomes the proposed urban tree guidelines crafted by city planners.
The 80-page draft plan sets a framework on how to boost the number of trees in the Garden City and how to protect the estimated 300,000 existing ones. Among the more contentious ideas is a private tree bylaw to govern the removal of certain sizes, type, historic or threatened trees on private property.

Goldsworthy said some people need to be given clear direction when it comes to protecting trees.

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