Mississauga residents asked for input on protecting the trees
Published August 12, 2021 at 7:05 pm
The City of Mississauga is seeking public input as it looks to better protect and preserve the more than two million trees across the city.
As City officials consider a series of proposed changes to public and private tree bylaws, they’re urging residents, business owners and others to provide feedback through an online survey or by attending a virtual public meeting on Sept. 15. The public input will inform City staff as they make necessary updates to the bylaws. Existing regulations no longer meet urban forestry standards, officials say.
The recommendations will go to City Council this fall for final approval.
“Trees play a vital role in the fight against climate change, including lowering temperatures, providing shade on hot days, providing habitat for wildlife and helping to make Mississauga and its neighbourhoods beautiful,” said City spokesperson Christopher Tham, adding Mississauga is looking to add another one million trees by 2032 to the 2.1 million that currently dot the map. “Trees are also an important component to a healthy ecosystem by filtering pollution, controlling flooding and storing carbon.”
Over the last decade, the City has been trying to preserve, enhance and protect trees on both public and private property. It has continued to address the environmental pressures facing trees such as invasive species, urban redevelopment and severe weather.
Tham said the City is focused on maintaining and enhancing tree diversity, choosing trees based on species and function and planting them in areas where they’ll thrive.
“Having more trees in Mississauga will help conserve and enhance Mississauga’s open spaces and forested areas for future generations to enjoy,” he added.
The Public Tree Bylaw regulates the planting, maintenance and removal of trees on City-owned and maintained property. The Private Tree Bylaw regulates rules around tree ownership, maintenance and removal of trees on private property.
The online survey is available until Sept. 12, and can be accessed via the City’s website. The virtual public meeting runs from 6-7:30 p.m. on Sept. 15. Register and participate through Webex.
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