Vancouver will be a lot greener if COPE Park Commissioner Spencer Herbert is successful at tonight’s meeting of the Vancouver Park Board. Herbert is moving a motion to increase the number of trees on city boulevards and streets above the current 70 percent of plantable sites. The current tree policy was set in 1989 before the city’s Climate Change Action plan was developed..
"With the challenges of climate change, and our better appreciation of bringing wildlife into the city, we need to look at increasing the percentage of Vancouver that’s planted with trees," said Herbert.
"The benefits of more trees is that is will provide cleaner air and reduce temperatures."
Herbert says that going from a 70 to 80 percent planting rate on boulevards would add 20,000 trees to Vancouver.
"It’s easily done, and will make a huge difference in the quality of life for all Vancouverites. It should be a walk in the park for the Park Board to support more trees in the city. I’m hoping the NPA commissioners will put aside partisan differences and unite for this positive environmental change."
The approximately 130,000 trees currently planted on city property play a significant role in absorbing carbon dioxide and filtering pollutants out of the air.
Herbert’s motion is supported by environmental groups including the Lower Mainland Sierra Club and SPEC.