Residents of East 6 th Avenue, between 1500 and 2300 block
“ These trees are part of East Van history, I know I have lived here for 60 years, it is the most FANTASTIC image when walking up from Commercial Drive...these trees go hand in hand with the historic houses that line the streets.” - Judy W.
Also residents of East 7th Avenue, and the broader community
“ These trees are truly magical and draw people from all over to stroll through the majestic canopy they provide.” - Paula K.
What happened to us Woke up one morning to a notice that our world would change “ My daughter and I sing songs to these trees. To remove them would be like removing a small part of our heart.” - Alix R.
What happened to us “ I nearly always choose 6th to come home from Commercial. These are the most fantastic trees we have in Vancouver. They have so much life in them, especially in spring, shooting branches from every part of their trunks.” - Julianne K. Community came together to get answers and demand consultation
“ Twelve experienced arborists assessed eight trees using eight different risk assessment methods. The variances in scores amongst arborists were large, in many cases the arborist assessment output values for the same tree ranged from Low to Extreme Risk.”
- Martin Norris “Tree Risk Assessments: What Works, What Does Not, How Can We Tell?”
Tree risk assessment is as much an art as a science; more rigor and transparency is needed
An opportunity to rebuild trust: renew a treescape with a community
“ Many street trees are even-aged single species stands that will leave a significant gap in the canopy if they all reach the end of their useful life within the same timeframe. Planting younger trees while older trees are still healthy helps to provide continuity in the canopy cover.”
Managing our mature tree canopy is a critical concern
“ Heritage Vancouver calls for a review of the Vancouver Park Board’s policies regarding street trees. We need to recognize that we are in danger of losing the historic canopy that helps define our city’s environmental character.”
“ We recommend that the Park Board develop a Street Tree Management Plan that would specify a ‘one-to-one’ replacement, which would see each tree at the end of its life replaced with an identical species.”