Should the city branch out and encourage residents to plant more trees?
As the city works toward increasing its tree canopy, a city councillor would like to see residents do their part.
Coun. Dieter Dudy suggested during the city’s development and sustainability committee on Monday afternoon that the city develop a tool to help residents assess their household oxygen use and property landscaping.
Certain trees in a backyard, for example, could equate to a certain number of points. Dudy noted the city’s efforts to increase its urban tree canopy.
“We’re trying to increase our urban tree canopy as it is,” Dudy said. “In doing this, we may just get homeowners to do it all on their own.”
Coun. Sadie Hunter suggested the city look at the recent United Nations tree-planting challenge. The City of Victoria, for example, pledged to plant 5,000 trees by the end of 2020. She noted, however, the city’s need to balance water usage.