STOP the Tree Removal of the Historic Silver Maple at 419 Wellesley St E, Cabbagetown. A Technical Inspection is first required to assess the internal condition of this tree.
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Urban forests are essential to our health, happiness, well-being, state of mind and sense of community. Every tree counts!
On October 11, 2013 an arborist from Urban Forestry Operations, City of Toronto, conducted a Visual Inspection of the Acer saccharinum, Silver Maple, fronting 419 Wellesley St E (built in 1875). This Visual Inspection has resulted in the tree scheduled to be removed.
Comments by the arborist: "Tree is senescent (old) and has outgrown its site. There are too many targets at risk and the safest and most prudent risk management option is removal and replacement."
Based on these criteria all old trees, not just in Cabbagetown, but in all Toronto would be scheduled to be removed.
We as a community, with a mature urban tree canopy, do not want just a Visual Inspection to be the norm for removing any of our mature Historic Trees in Cabbagetown or in any other part of Toronto.
There are many different physical principles that can be used for Technical Inspections, one of which is Mechanical, most commonly used:
- sound / stress waves: knocking, stress wave timing, ultra-sound
- drilling / pin-pushing, increment coring, resistance drilling
- inclination and elongation, observing under wind-load and/or pulling
The most popular technical methods in urban tree care are drill resistance and stress-wave timing.
With the importance of this Historic Silver Maple for decades to the neighbourhood and its significant canopy, Urban Forestry Operations needs to perform a Technical Inspection before it concludes that this tree needs to be removed.
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