As you know, we experienced a major snow storm on September 9, 2014, resulting in widespread damage to trees across Calgary at a scale never experienced in our city’s history. Calgary Administration estimates that 50 per cent of the 500,000 public trees and 1.5 million private trees have been damaged.
Elm trees in our ward were impacted and Urban Forestry will begin pruning the week of January 26, 2015, in the communities of Glendale, Glenbrook, Glamorgan and Coach Hill. ArborCare will be performing the work as a contractor on the City’s behalf. It is important to start with the Elm trees because they are susceptible to Dutch Elm Disease and pruning must happen when the beetles are not active, between October and March. There is a pruning ban on Elm trees in Calgary from April 1 to September 30.
You may notice that other types of trees that require pruning are skipped while Urban Forestry is concentrating on the elms. Contactors will return later in the year to prune these trees.
The City’s Parks Urban Forestry Division systematically prunes thousands of boulevard and parks trees (public trees) annually. The goal is to inspect and address any potential tree issues before they become problematic. Long term, this will improve the health and condition of our urban forest and reduce costs.
What work will be completed?
Tree work is performed for reasons of public safety and tree health. There will be a special focus on trees that were damaged during the snow event- trees with branches that were improperly cut or torn will be pruned. Other work that will be completed includes pruning branches that encroach on a sidewalk or are a traffic safety concern. In instances where trees have been evaluated and require removal, notifications are posted on these trees to inform the community. Urban Forestry will consider all other options before they remove a tree. Urban Forestry employees and contractor work is performed in accordance with the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and ANSI industry standards.
The recovery from the 2014 Calgary Tree Disaster will take many years but Urban forestry will make well-informed decisions that benefit our communities and lead to the restoration and recovery of Calgary’s urban forest. You can stay updated on their progress by visiting calgary.ca/trees.
If you have any questions or concerns about the work, please do not hesitate to contact 311 and your concern will be directed to the Urban Forestry Supervisor.
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