Below is the Federation of Citizens’ Associations’ Comments regarding the proposed Urban Forest Management Plan.
Ontario’s provincial policy statement of 2014 under the Planning Act can be found here:
Also a power point outlining some of the main points relating to Urban Forests and the health of cities from an FCA power point presentation can be found here:
Unpublished Ottawa published the FCA’s original submission to the City of Ottawa, made at the beginning of the consultation process on the Urban Forest Management Plan. Here it is below:
We will be pleased to work with the City to make preservation of existing trees and forests, and replanting a forest for the benefit of future generations, a reality.
Some key points are:
· Forestry’s operational plan needs to dovetail with the city’s climate change plan, given the well-known fact that trees are a major contributor to carbon sequestration.
· The Urban Forest Management Plan must dovetail with the City’s Official Plan and other Management Plans.
· The focus should be on caring for existing trees. Healthy trees are safe trees.
· Monitoring compliance with and enforcement of existing laws and By-laws is crucial to this effort.
· Individual forest systems within the urban forest should receive special treatment.
· Urban forest planting and replanting must be done according to a comprehensive long-term vision. Many local tree species are slow-growing and are only middle aged at 150 years.
· The FCA asks the City to consult with representatives from its member communities, and/or local citizen scientists and/or residents, whenever possible, when determining appropriate action on tree-related issues on public property, and especially in parks.