The Urban Forestry section is responsible for trees and forest ecosystems on city-owned properties such as parks, municipal boulevards and natural areas.
Some of the services provided include:
- Tree pruning and maintenance
- Tree removals
- Tree planting, watering and fertilizing
- Inspections - tree hazards, forest health, infrastructure
- Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
- Wildfire fuel mitigation to reduce wildfire risk
- Service Requests from public
- Tree inventory
- Education and consultation
All other aspects of boulevard maintenance such as watering, pruning of shrubbery and weeding are the responsibility of the adjacent property owner. Trees on city property are protected by Municipal Properties Tree Bylaw.
Forest Health & Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
City trees and parks are maintained under an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program, which includes monitoring, prevention, and cultural and biological methods as the primary methods of pest management. Pesticides are used minimally, in accordance with the City's Pesticide Bylaw, and consist primarily of environmentally friendly products such as dormant oil, soaps, or vinegar.
The bylaw states that only city personnel or an authorized contractor are allowed to plant, trim or remove trees on city property. Like other city infrastructure, trees have a significant value which is based upon their size and condition. Damage to a city tree could result in a fine as well as compensation for the loss in value.
The bylaw regulates the removal of trees from environmentally sensitive areas including stream corridors and steep hillsides. For more information please refer to the Tree Bylaw Information Bulletin or call Subdivision, Agriculture & Environment Services at 250 469-8984.