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More Trees For the Triangle?

By Chris Blythe

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The Triangle and Trees. They are synonymous. But trees do age.

You may have noticed a lot of tree damage during storm events this year. This is because many of our trees are now reaching the end of their natural lives. Not just the trees in public spaces, but the trees in our yards too.

The City's tree experts have been long prepared for this and have been following a tree replacement strategy here for several years now. But it is not always easy.

You see, we Triangle folk love our trees. So when we see the tree experts messing with what looks to us like a perfectly healthy tree, we sometimes become distressed and cry foul. Seems this often causes the tree folks to just back off and proceed to other, more welcoming, neighbourhoods.

Over the past several years this has had a cumulative effect. Now trees that should have been replaced before they became dangerous are finally 'giving up the ghost' during storm events. The results have been quite visible over the past couple of seasons.

Note, however, that the city's tree specialists have not abandoned us completely. Toronto's Urban Forestry Services plants trees on City owned street allowances fronting residential properties for free. And if you take a look around your neighbourhood you will notice that several new trees have been planted in boulevards throughout The Triangle.

But you can help too. Periodically, Urban Forestry Services will canvass neighbourhoods for tree planting opportunities and the BTRA would like to see this done in The Triangle as often as possible. Perhaps hearing constructive and thoughtful ideas from local residents will help.

If you feel there is an opportunity for a free tree on city property on a boulevard near you, contact the tree folks and ask. It's easy. Visit the Toronto Urban Forestry site to download the residential street tree planting brochure, or simply call or email. All the necessary contact information is below.

If you are interested in a tree for your yard, contact LEAF (Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests). LEAF is a local not-for-profit group dedicated to improving Toronto's urban forest. They offer Toronto residents subsidized backyard tree planting, including on-site advice regarding species selection and planting location, a 1.2 to 1.8m tall native tree, and the planting service itself. Native shrubs are reportedly also available.

Or here's a great Holiday idea! Give the gift of trees with LEAF gift certificates! Call or visit the Web site for more information about this very interesting and novel idea.

Please note, however, that LEAF is not booking new site consultations until February. But you can still register for the program by reading through the material and completing the questionnaire. Visit the Web site or call for more information.

Contact LEAF:
www.leaftoronto.org
416-413-9244

Contact Toronto Urban Forestry:
www.toronto.ca/trees/south.htm
(416) 338-TREE (8733)
Email: trees@toronto.ca
After-hours tree emergency number: (416) 392-7737