- GUFF is very happy that our new Forestry Manager is hired and running his department. But, the department does not have the full complement of staff. Our forest is both growing and ageing at a greater pace, placing more demands on the department. Will you support full funding for the Urban Forest Management Plan and the Arborist Crew in the next budget cycle? Why or why not.
I will absolutely support full funding for the Urban Forest Management and the Arborist Crew. Our trees have been hit hard over the past few years we need to take necessary steps to protect them.
- Shade is important for reducing the heat island effect and for reducing the risk of skin cancer. Will you support and advocate for establishing a shade policy which would set goals for shade coverage along streets/sidewalks, in parking lots and in parks? Why or why not.
I will absolutely support and advocate for establishing a shade policy. Mother nature provides this for us we need to support it.
- There is currently no recognition or protection of trees that are exceptionally large, old or have a significant history in the City. Will you support and advocate designating and protecting Heritage Trees? Why or why not.
Absolutely and I think there should be a very clear by law with a hefty fine if you decide to cut one down, The old Woods Factory had an abundance of trees at the corner of Arthur and Elizabeth, with in a few days we lost about 4 of them. Down the street one neighbour cut down 3 trees to fit a huge driveway on his lot. On Ontario St. one property cut down all the big trees in its back yard to suit a developer’s needs. The blue spruce in front of our house is over 90ft tall and over 60 years old it does so much for our home.
- The City has begun an inventory of trees in our urban forest (species, size, health, etc.), but trees are not given value as “assets” or “green infrastructure.” Will you support and advocate for a comprehensive inventory of trees in the City that assigns a dollar value to the trees (using currently available computer programs that compute the dollar value of ecological services provided by trees)? This value would then be used in the assessment of the cost of proposed city projects. Why or why not.
I will absolutely. Because it is the right thing to do.
- City Council passed a tree by-law in 2010 which requires permits for removing large trees on properties over half an acre in size (.2 ha). This tree by-law only covers about 6% of privately owned properties within the City. It does not cover city trees, institutional trees or the trees on small private properties where the majority of our urban forest exists. Will you support and advocate for expanding the existing tree by-law to cover all private properties in Guelph? Why or why not
I will absolutely advocate support for expanding the existing tree by-law to cover all private properties in Guelph.
- Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) infestation is now eating its way through our ash trees. The ash inventory is almost complete and an EAB plan has been adopted by council. Do you support full flexible funding for this initiative so the amount of money needed for injecting, removing and replanting is available as needed in a timely manner? Why or why not.
I will indeed support full flexible funding for this initiative so the amount of money needed for injecting, removing and replanting is available as needed in a timely manner because we have a responsibility to nature.