The City of Charlottetown will launch a complete street tree inventory this summer thanks to a 2015 TD Green Streets grant from TD Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF) and Tree Canada. Over 125 applications were submitted to the 2015 TD Green Streets program, and the City of Charlottetown is one of 22 municipalities selected to receive a grant.
The funding will be used to engage a tree care company and purchase urban forest management software to create a database of information about the City’s tree canopy.
The database created through the street tree inventory will allow for better tracking of disease, pests and hazardous trees. Combining the street tree inventory with other inventory data will provide an overall look at the health of the urban forest.
"Our tree canopy has many social, economic and environmental benefits for those living in our community and beyond," said Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee. "This program will ensure we have the information and systems in place to better manage, protect, conserve and grow our urban forest. We have done a lot of work in this area, but this funding will allow us to take it a step further and we thank the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation and Tree Canada for their support."
The information gathered from the street tree inventory will be used to: develop a tree planting strategy, identify planting locations and ensure diversity of tree species; create efficient tree maintenance schedules; develop management strategies for invasive pests; and provide information needed for an urban forest management plan that engages the community and all stakeholders in creating a healthy urban forest into the future. Education and community engagement programs will be developed as part of this project to raise public awareness about what the City is doing and provide information about the urban forest and the trees people have in their own backyards.
"We are pleased to move forward with this tree conservation and maintenance initiative program," said Councillor Bob Doiron, Chair of the City’s Environment and Sustainability Committee. "It will allow the City to build up what has been lost to Dutch elm disease [DED] and will aid in the prevention of large losses of trees in the future."
The Request for Proposals for the street tree inventory is expected to be announced soon with the work taking place this year.
"The goal of TD Green Streets is to encourage the adoption of leading-edge practices in municipal forests, and we want to commend the City of Charlottetown for developing a plan that will provide such a great enhancement to the environment," said Mary Desjardins, Executive Director, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.
"We congratulate the City of Charlottetown for developing an initiative that will create an important green space in their community," said Michael Rosen, President of Tree Canada. "We’re pleased that we have been able to support the efforts of Charlottetown and we look forward to seeing their plan come to life."
TD Green Streets is open to Canadian municipalities, First Nations communities and Business Improvement Associations (BIAs) in Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto. Submissions are reviewed by regional Tree Canada Advisers, Board Members, urban forest practitioners and TD Friends of the Environment Foundation representatives based on innovation, community involvement and technical expertise.
For more information on the TD Green Streets, visit tdgreenstreets.ca
About Tree Canada:
Tree Canada is a not-for-profit charitable organization established to encourage Canadians to plant and care for trees in urban and rural environments. A winner of the Canadian Environmental Award (2007), Tree Canada engages Canadian companies, government agencies and individuals to support the planting of trees, the greening of schoolyards, and other efforts to sensitize Canadians to the benefits of planting and maintaining trees. To date, more than 80 million trees have been planted, more than 550 schoolyards have been greened, and Tree Canada has organized 11 national urban forest conferences. More information about Tree Canada is available at treecanada.ca.
About TD Friends of the Environment Foundation:
From schoolyard naturalization and energy conservation, to tree plantings and environmental education, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF) is proud to provide funding to help sustain an incredible array of grassroots environmental programs across the country. In 2014, TD FEF supported over 1,000 projects with $4.9 million in funding. Thousands of donors give to TD FEF on a monthly basis, and TD Bank Group contributes in excess of $1 million annually. TD also covers the management costs of running TD FEF, which guarantees 100 per cent of every dollar donated funds environmental projects in the community in which the donation was made. For more information on how to donate and get involved in your community, visit tdfef.com.
City of Charlottetown
Amanda Tran, Corporate and Public Affairs