On June 1 the attached letter was sent to and acknowledged by City Hall.
I’m a bit passionate about trees, and about Nature. This tree deserves our protection and appreciation. Part of my 20 years working at Surrey City Hall was in the Tree ByLaw Division. They have a bylaw that could save this tree. Kamloops doesn’t. Public opinion, however, can change the world. There’s something not mentioned in the letter – this tree has half-swallowed a shoe. It’s a Shoe Tree!
A PDF of the letter to Mayor and Council, including a pano-pic of the tree, is attached.
I’m inspired; I hope you are too!
Dear Mayor and Councilmembers:
Re: Protection of the Maple Tree at Schubert & Kent, backing on Halston Bridge.
The property was recently sold and subdivision plans are in process (no address available). I called the City on Tuesday; on Friday, I got a call from Brian of the City Trees division to tell me there are no rules to protect it.
Your website says the City has a “goal of increasing our community’s tree canopy to 20% from the current 15%”. This tree is substantial, and part of that 15%–
- Three of me could not join hands around the trunk;
- the canopy shields our neighbourhood from the noise of Halston traffic;
- the volume of the canopy could not be replaced by “replacement trees” for decades;
- that amount of tree takes up a lot of carbon!
- according to the US EPA: “Shaded surfaces, for example, may be 20–45°F (11–25°C) cooler than the peak temperatures of unshaded materials.
- Evapotranspiration, alone or in combination with shading, can help reduce peak summer temperatures by 2–9°F (1–5°C).”
Please create a Tree Bylaw to protect such trees from development throughout the City. It should include a requirement for public consultation before consideration of a Tree Cutting Permit.
It should also include an inventory of trees of this nature — beginning with the Urban Tree tour. Expand it to include trees we love — on private land and public, whether owned by us, others or the City. Asking children to tell us of the trees they love will promote engagement; help them notice the Nature that surrounds them and build their ability to affect their world in a good way.
Thank you for the work you do in the world, and in our City.