Sunday, January 8, 2012
Will upcoming Official Community Plans include tree protection?
Top: people admiring a tree on the Oak Bay High School grounds
Below: large wooded gardens like this one keep neighbourhoods ecologically healthy
When we speak up for trees, they will stand up for us: they oxygenate our air and absorb carbon in our cities, they make our lives more liveable - what are we doing to preserve theirs? Most municipalities say they are crafting new Official Community Plans in 2012 - now is the time to make sure the urban forest is not left out of these plans. (Whatever happened to Victoria's Urban Forest Master Plan anyway, on which so much public money was spent for consultation? The public who were consulted came out overwhelmingly in favour of tree conservation, yet paving and development continues apace. Is there a master plan?)