Delta has approved its urban reforestation project for 2021.
That means more trees, associated plantings and maintenance will be done by the city as Delta continues to look to increase the tree canopy throughout the community.
According to a staff report, Delta has identified 662 trees and 822 understory shrubs to be planted on 41 sites, which includes four boulevard locations and 21 BC Hydro right of way sites.
A contract, for $337,912 was approved by council at the Sept. 20th meeting for the work to be done.
The plantings will begin in November with an expected completion date of March 31, 2022.
“This is very exciting and a very large contract,” said Coun. Jeannie Kanakos. “This is a lot of plantings throughout Delta.”
City Manager Sean McGill said the city is and continues to look at partners for projects such as this including schools, the provincial government and BC Hydro.
“We do have a couple council reports coming forward with more details on our urban forestry plans. We certainly hear a lot about tree removal and I can appreciate that, but we do a lot of work on the other side and as a city we are one of the only communities that continues to grow and maintain its tree canopies.”
One of the sites identified by the city is Winskill Park, which in recent weeks, has been the subject of concerns over a number of trees that are in need of replacement.