This past September, Calgary experienced the largest snow fall prior to the fall equinox in 130 years. Since it occurred before the trees had shed their leaves, the weight of the snow broke many tree limbs and caused wide spread damage to trees with resulting power outages, traffic signal failures and debris spread across the City. Some trees require corrective pruning, while others will need to be removed and replanted. If a tree cannot be replanted in or around the same location we will look at adjacent parks or other locations nearby to plant a tree so there’s no net canopy loss in a community.
Recovering from the 2014 September snow storm will require us as a city and a community to look after our trees. Preliminary estimates indicate the 50 per cent of the 500,000 public trees and 1.5 million private trees have been impacted. This means there are 3 times as many damaged trees on private property as there is on City land. We can’t do it alone; together we can help return the urban forest to pre-storm condition.
Come to a tree fair! Free!
As part of the recovery and restoration efforts, The City of Calgary invites you to participate in our 2015 Tree Resource Fair series. These fairs are intended to provide information about how to care for your damaged trees, inspire youth about the benefits of trees and demonstrate the various ways citizens can access information about trees.
We have two planned events in June:
• June 14, 2015 at Prairie Winds Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• June 28, 2015 at Bowness Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Each event will include talks, demonstrations, exhibitor booths, guided walks, as well as a kid’s area, entertainment, and food options. These events are intended as learning opportunities, so sharing information will be the primary focus.
Can’t make it to a tree event? Visit calgary.ca/trees or phone 311 for information on planting a City tree with a program like NeighbourWoods or the Planting Incentive Program. Both of these City programs help you plant trees in your neighbourhood.
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