The City of Charlottetown hosted a tree planting and educational event for local students in celebration of a $15,000 TD Green Streets grant. The grant is being used for a complete street tree inventory. A tree care company has been engaged to start the project and urban forest management software was purchased to create a database of information about the City’s urban forest.
"We thank the students of Queen Charlotte Intermediate School for participating in the tree planting event in celebration of our Tree Inventory Project," said Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee. "It’s fitting to have the students involved because the results of this street tree inventory, along with other parkland and forestry work by our staff, will benefit future generations as we all learn more about taking better care of our urban forest and green spaces."
More than 125 applications were submitted to the 2015 TD Green Streets program, and the City of Charlottetown was one of 22 municipalities selected to receive a grant.
"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 help them grow and care for their urban forest," said Mary Desjardins, Executive Director, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.
While participating in the tree planting event, Councillor Bob Doiron, Chair of the City’s Environment and Sustainability Committee, expressed his gratitude to Tree Canada and TD Friends of the Environment Foundation representatives for their financial support.
"We’re grateful to TD Friends of the Environment Foundation and Tree Canada for this grant. It will allow us to better track disease, pests and hazardous trees," Councillor Doiron said. "The street tree inventory will provide an overall look at the health of our urban forest. Today (October 2) we’ve had an opportunity to share the details of this project with the young people from Queen Charlottetown and it’s just heartening to see such interest and enthusiasm for these environmental initiatives."
One hundred and eight (108) native trees and shrubs, including Red Pine, Eastern Larch, Eastern Hemlock and Red Oak, were planted behind the new playground at the West Royalty Community Centre. These riparian zone plantings help to reduce erosion, improve water quality, provide fish habitat and help improve the overall health of the urban watershed.
"We congratulate the City of Charlottetown for developing an initiative that will monitor 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 Community 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
City of Charlottetown
Amanda Tran, Corporate and Public Affairs