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Will Vancouver’s new Bylaw protect its forest canopy?

By Roy L Hales

It has often been said that the earth’s lungs are its’ trees. In 2011, Vancouver adopted an urban forest strategy. This seemed like a perfect fit with Vancouver’s aspirations to become the world’s greenest city. All they would have to do is plant 150,000 new trees by 2020, or at least so it seemed. The problem was that almost 2/3 of the trees are on private property! Over the last two decades 23,490 healthy trees have been removed from residential lots. Five were removed every day in 2013. The city’s forest canopy was shrinking. Last April the city changed the rules so that no trees can be removed from private land without authorization. Will Vancouver’s new Bylaw protect its forest canopy?
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