I was happy to have the full support of the city council for a motion I recently made to devote $300,000 to planting trees in the Daniel McIntyre ward.
This initiative is an important step to support our local tree-planting efforts. Our community has been devastated by the loss of trees we have so treasured. These inner-city neighbourhoods have some of the oldest tree canopy in the city, but we have lost a large portion over the years from the combined impact of Dutch elm disease, the emerald ash borer beetle, forest tent caterpillars, storms, and age.
The motion waives the eligibility criteria for the land dedication reserve fund allocated to Daniel McIntyre so that the money can be made to the City of Winnipeg’s urban forestry branch to assist with the cost of the tree-planting program within the ward. This fund is available in each ward for the acquisition and improvement of land for parks, recreation, and community use.
We love our trees and the elms that line our streets are an integral part of our identity, provide shade and a beautiful canopy, and are home to many birds and animals that make up our urban environment.
Trees help with our mental health and are a huge benefit to helping us fight climate change by storing carbon.
The city has called on all citizens to do their part to plant more trees through the One Million Tree Challenge (see www.winnipeg.ca/milliontrees).
The challenge was launched to help protect, preserve and repopulate Winnipeg’s tree canopy. In our area, this additional $300,000 will mean about 400 more trees will be planted.
We want to reach out and involve the community to help identify locations on public property to plant saplings all across the Daniel McIntyre ward. We will work along with the urban forestry branch to make that happen. I invite residents of the Daniel McIntyre ward to email their suggested locations to firstname.lastname@example.org
I believe this is an important investment in our trees that will benefit the entire community. We all want to find ways to help grow our urban forest and make our city healthier and greener for our children.
Daniel McIntyre city council ward report
Cindy Gilroy is the city councillor for Daniel McIntyre.