I know you care deeply about Winnipeg’s tree canopy and its future, just as I do. I have seen first-hand how many passionate Winnipeggers there are who understand the importance of trees to the safety of our climate and the countless benefits they add to our communities.
In order to secure a long-term future for our city the City of Winnipeg is hard at work developing an urban forest strategy. To ensure we are effectively planning for the challenges that the current canopy faces from disease and climate change.
Survey results from Phase 1 of the City of Winnipeg’s public engagement initiative on the strategy were just released. You can read the full report at winnipeg.ca/urbanforest
Over 1,700 residents, including a large number from our ward, took the opportunity to have their voices heard between October and December 2020 by responding to survey questions, in addition to participating in online presentations, self-guided walking tours and discussion forums.
When asked to look ahead to 2040, participants noted that they would like to see a larger, more biodiverse canopy in all areas of city, with an increase of trees on residential streets.
Asked why the canopy is important to them, 98 per cent of respondents said a habitat for native plants and animals was significant, as well as air purification (97 per cent); natural experiences (96 per cent); and shading and cooling (95 per cent).
This is just a snapshot which will help shape our upcoming urban forest strategy.
If you didn’t get a chance to in the first survey we anticipate a second round of public engagement on the strategy will kick off later this spring.
Keep an eye on our website — orlikow.ca — and sign up for my neighbourhood e-bulletin to find out how you can participate.
Before then, if you have any questions or ideas you’d like to share about the future of our tree canopy, please contact me at 204-986-5236 or firstname.lastname@example.org
River Heights - Fort Garry city council ward report
John Orlikow is the city councillor for River Heights - Fort Garry.