Regarding the City’s policy of tree protection. Much of Kamloops, particularly the lower elevations, were historically sagebrush grasslands.
Does it makes sense for the city to be trying to forest such areas? I don’t know.
On one hand, there are undoubted benefits to trees for people. On the other hand, we have to pump more water up our hills to feed them and we are spending serious cash to try and reduce fire risks in our semi arid city.
I do not know the history of the policy, but wonder if it was simply adapted wholesale from elsewhere or if it was reviewed to see how appropriate it is for Kamloops.
Editor’s note: An excerpt from the City’s Urban Forest Management Strategy: ”More trees can make the climate less arid. Although the semi-arid climate in Kamloops is a limiting factor to the establishment of trees, more trees can change the climate, as can fewer trees. Recognition of this fact can increase the motivation and interest in increasing the tree canopy in the City.”