Tree Trimming Targets Wards 1, 2 and 4
The City has begun a new tree trimming program that will see all City-owned trees growing along the public right of way trimmed over a seven-year period. This ambitious project began earlier this month, and the City is pleased to invest in this pro-active work so that the health and safety of the City’s trees remain a top priority. Tree trimming is an important aspect of maintaining trees. Tree trimming focuses on the removal of dead and dying branches and leads to an improvement to the tree’s health by removing diseased and insect-ridden material. Tree trimming also reduces the likelihood of potential conflicts with power lines and other infrastructure.
This seven-year endeavour will see 10,000 trees trimmed each year over four project areas, resulting in more than 70,000 trees trimmed throughout the streets of Windsor. Once the project is complete, the program resets, and the tree trimming rotation begins again in perpetuity. Windsor’s urban forest has a replacement value of more than $50 million and provides annual environmental benefits worth $2.7 million, such as the absorption of carbon dioxide, ozone and other large particulates.
See map of trimming areas by year.
Windsor’s urban forest has dealt with many challenges over the years, experiencing battles with chestnut blight, Dutch elm disease, emerald ash borer, gypsy moth and frequent intense storms, and at the same time, the City of Windsor Forestry division remains on the lookout for the ever-looming threat of oak wilt disease. Despite all these challenges, Windsor’s urban forest continues to be resilient and growing, bolstering a canopy cover metric of over 19%, which includes more than 1,000 acres of natural areas located in the city. The 2021 tree planting program (underway) will also see over 2,000 trees planted along the public right of way and in our park system. These young trees will also be part of the tree trimming program so that they are managed at a young age for sound structure and form.
This year’s four tree trimming project areas include parts of wards 1, 2 and 4, addressing some of Windsor’s oldest treed neighbourhoods. Emergency tree trimming will also take place across the city as needed. For more information on forestry, please visit www.CityWindsor.ca or contact 311.