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Letter: Kamloops needs a stronger tree bylaw

We hope the city will start taking climate change seriously and begin protecting mature trees on public and private property
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Editor:

The North Shore Central Community Association supports the request by Shannon McArthur in her Aug. 3 letter to the editor to expand the city’s tree bylaw to cover public and private land (‘Speaking for the trees of the city’).

We have previously brought this to the city’s attention with respect to the Thompson’s Landing development on Royal Avenue. We asked that the city identify the value of the mature trees on that property and requested they be preserved.

As previously stated: “We are aware of the intentions for new landscaping; unfortunately, regarding carbon capture and retention, it takes many decades to make up for the loss of mature trees. They also provide a greater benefit with regard to flooding. A sweeping study of forests around the world finds that the older the tree, the greater its potential to store carbon and slow climate change. The 38 researchers from 15 countries found 97 per cent of trees from more than 400 species studied grew more quickly as they aged, thus absorbing more carbon.”

Large trees such as those on the Royal Avenue property, if not protected in their current location, could be moved elsewhere on the property. Large trees have been successfully moved in other municipalities with the right equipment.

We hope the city will start taking climate change seriously and begin protecting mature trees on public and private property.

The city urban tree tour is a step in the right direction in bringing the value of trees to the attention of citizens, as is the move to increase the city’s urban tree canopy to 20 per cent from 15 per cent.

Let’s keep moving in this direction with an improved tree bylaw.

Bob Trudeau

chair, North Shore Central Community Association