Notification of Tree Removal from the City of Victoria

Please see below for correspondence from the City of Victoria regarding tree removals in Oaklands.

To Oaklands Community Association:

The purpose of this note is to advise your neighbourhood association about the upcoming removals of City trees in your area that are at the end of their healthy lifespan.

2017 Summer Tree Maintenance Program

This spring, 168 City trees were identified as either dead or in significant decline and require removal.

There are 15 trees in your neighbourhood that have been identified for removal. The specific trees, their conditions and their locations are as follows:

·         2704 Belmont Ave, Sycamore Maple 60cm DBH.  The tree has a large cavity on the west side of the tree at the root flare.  Resistograph readings state that the tree has extensive internal decay.

·         2765 Belmont Ave, Accolade Cherry 30cm DBH.  The tree has had previous branch failures with deadwood stubs and is in a state of decline.

·         1653 Burton Ave, Golden Rain Tree 27cm DBH.  Excessive lean with minimal root flare.  The tree is in extensive decline.

·         1653 Burton Ave, Golden Rain Tree 19cm DBH. Excessive lean with minimal root flare.  The tree is in extensive decline.

·         1522 Clawthorpe Ave, Purple Leaf Plum 63cm DBH.  The tree has fruiting bodies on the compression side of the lean with sings of rot.

·         1515 Edgeware Rd, Flowering Ash 70cm DBH.  The tree has had several previous failures in the canopy and has multiple wounds up the trunk and into the scaffold branches. 

·         1530 Haultain St Purple Leaf Plum 53cm DBH.  The tree is on a severe lean with fruiting bodies and decay throughout the trunk.  This tree is located in a high target area.

·         1414 Myrtle Ave Paper Birch 16cm DBH.  The tree is dead.

·         1660 Myrtle Ave Paper Birch 35cm DBH.  The tree is dead.

·         1669 Myrtle Ave Weeping Birch 33cm DBH.  The tree is dead.

·         1555 Oakland Ave, Paper Birch 8cm DBH.  The tree is dead.

·         1650 Pearl St, Lindsay Plum 72cm DBH.  Resistograph readings show pockets of decay in the trunk of the tree.  The tree is over-mature with the canopy showing signs of decline and tip dieback throughout the crown.

·         1650 Pearl St, Lindsay Plum 69cm DBH.  The tree has a live crown ratio of approximately 30% and fruiting bodies at the root collar.  There are fruiting bodies present along the seam in the trunk.

·         1658 Pearl St Lindsay Plum 73cm DBH.  The tree has severe deadwood present in the crown with large fruiting bodies at the base. 

·         2765 Roseberry Ave, Garry Oak 133cm DBH.  The tree is in severe decline with recent construction around a large portion of the critical root zone.  The tree is located in a high target area.

These tree removals will take place between September 11th and October 1st 2017.   New trees will be selected and plantings will begin in 2018.

Caring for Our Urban Forest

Planning for a healthy urban forest is very important to the City of Victoria.  We manage 33,000 City-owned trees, most of which are on 300 kilometers of boulevards and in our 137 parks and open spaces. 

In addition to being beautiful, these trees help improve air quality, absorb water during storms and reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in our environment.  They also help shade our streets and buildings, helping to cool our city.

Guided by the Urban Forest Master Plan, our arboriculture team develops plans that involve identifying areas for planting new trees to expand the inventory, as well as identifying existing trees that are at the end of their healthy life. Removing unhealthy trees reduces safety risks and opens up space to plant new, young trees which will grow into our future urban forest.

The City of Victoria Urban Tree Inventory completed in 2012 found that 64% of public trees are in good or excellent condition and 30% are in fair condition and 6% are in poor condition. 

This spring, 168 trees were identified as either dead or in significant decline and require removal. Each tree was identified through our inventory, and was inspected by our Certified Arborists, using an internationally recognized assessment process.

Removal of any tree is always a last resort. Pruning and other options to mitigate the risks of the unhealthy tree are always considered first.  Our practice with each removal is for a new tree to be planted, with consideration for the species that will have the best chance for success given a particular location.

We thank you for your understanding as we work to improve the health of our urban trees. Residents that live close to a tree on the removal list will receive a letter and tree removal notices will be posted to each tree.

 

Please don’t hesitate to contact the Parks office at 250.361.0600 or parks@victoria.ca if you have any questions.