- 1991 tree by-law must be revised “in order to control the number of trees, woodlots & habitat destroyed annually by development” (Park Naturalization Policy)
- 1994 “Methods for protecting trees from development should be developed” (Green Plan)
- 2003 Environmental Action Plan recommends tree inventory, updating tree by-law to protect natural features and developing guidelines to protect trees during construction.
- 2003 Tree Protection Report–Background Review & Recommendations, Aboud & Associates, Inc., September 29, 2003 recommends professional forester with a degree in forestry or arboriculture.
- 2005 Council resolution asking staff to prepare funding request for urban forest study and tree maintenance program
- 2007 (October) Staff report states that Urban Forest Plan will be finalized with details for implementation and be presented to council in first quarter of 2008
- 2007 (November) Council resolution that staff report back following the visioning process with cost estimate for urban forest management plan
- 2007 Goal 6.6 “A biodiverse city with the highest tree canopy percentage among comparable municipalities” (2007 Strategic Plan
- 2008 (January) Council approves prioritizing the Strategic Urban Forest Management
- 2009 ‘ Strategic Urban Forest Management Plan Recommendations’ contain 27 uses of the word ‘should’ instead of ‘will’ . No protection in sight. Guelph is still losing tree canopy due to construction and high impact development and lack of protective tree by-law.
We need action now.
We need an interim protective tree bylaw now.
We need an independent urban forestry department.
We need a certified forester to direct tree, shade and water interconnection, public education and enforcement of tree maintenance and protection.
We need an urban forest advisory committee to support this department .
Guelph Urban Forest Friends