More than 20 communities in Calgary have an aging monoculture of poplar trees on their streets and in their parks. Many Ward 14 residents would confirm this. Poplar trees have a life span of approximately 50 years, a time frame which many of these Calgary communities have surpassed. This means there are an estimated 10,000 poplar trees that are at or nearing the end of their lifecycle. It could have a devastating impact on the environment and on quality of life in these communities and in Calgary as a whole.
The City of Calgary Parks Department originally managed this dilemma with a proactive approach, replacing single aging poplar trees with two new trees of assorted varieties. By 2009 the program had evolved to the point where trees were replaced solely on individual risk assessment. The number of poplar trees being replaced had dropped dramatically. The program needed to be re-evaluated.
Alderman Peter Demong brought a motion to Council, asking City administration to report on the current poplar tree situation in Calgary and prepare recommendations on The City's strategy going forward.
View the notice of motion
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