EDITORIAL – City’s tree-protection bylaw needs to start protecting trees


An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

ONE CAN’T BLAME developers for sticking to the rules. Question is, of course, whether those rules are always good enough.

City council received a committee report yesterday on its urban forest strategy.

The goal is to increase and protect the tree canopy on City-owned lands. So homeowners can get $50 tree coupons. Damaging trees on City property can be expensive — a Juniper Ridge resident was fined $27,000 last year for pollarding City trees to improve his view.


Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC Today, publishes the opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at

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1 Comment on EDITORIAL – City’s tree-protection bylaw needs to start protecting trees

  1. Inexcusable that we don’t have one since about the time you were mayor…

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