In 2019, Cobourg had a net loss of 75 trees and the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee didn’t think the Town was putting enough money into the budget to replace and add to them. At their meeting on January 7th, they made a motion that the budget be increased from the $50K proposed to $100K. Further they wanted an extra $50K for replacement of Emerald Ash trees which are continuing to die off. Their motion will be presented to the Committee of the Whole Council meeting on January 27 but meanwhile, Budget meetings have been held where the subject was raised by Emily Chorley (she attends the Parks and Rec meetings). She convinced Council to increase the budget from $50K to $70K but not $100K and no extra for Emerald Ash replacement which already had $40K in the budget.
The committee were concerned about the Urban tree canopy which was the subject of an “Urban Forest Management Plan” (UFMP) which was developed with public input starting in 2017 and released in July 2018. This said:
There are 6,422 active trees [in Cobourg] documented within the inventory of trees (majority are located on public lands). The inventory captures close to all of the trees that the Town manages on publicly owned lands located along streets and laneways and in parks and greenspaces. This estimate does not include Town owned trees located within natural areas, river corridors and land buffers.
The cost of a new tree was estimated at $420 – my math says that means $70K will give 167 new trees. And the $40K for Emerald Ash replacements would fund another 95. In my quick read of the UFMP, the only specific number of trees to be planted per year that I found was 150+, apparently including replacements. This indicates that the Parks and Recreation committee recommendation is an overkill.
And there are of course other tree planting initiatives which are not funded by the Town – for example the Highway of Heroes Tree Planting in October 2018 – see photo and link to report below.
- Motion by Parks and Recreation Committee
- Town’s 2020 Budget reviewed and approved – 10 Jan 2020
- Highway of Heroes Tree Planting – 20 Oct 2018
- Urban Forest Management Plan
- List of Advisory Committees and members
Note: Sorry this post is a bit late compared to my goal of 1:00 pm every second day. I was working on a complete overhaul of the “parent site” of www.Cobourginternet.com