Fully Fund Guelph’s Urban Forest Management Plan!

Fully Fund Guelph’s Urban Forest Management Plan!

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Tom Ewart started this petition to Guelph City Council

If you would like to see Guelph have as many trees as other municipalities, read on. The results of the petition will be presented to Council on November 25. 

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Given that: 

—> The City of Guelph has valued its trees at over $800 million,* and has determined that they provide $9.7 million in benefits each year, including home energy savings of approximately $1.9 million. 

—> Each year Guelph’s trees: 

  • prevent nearly 400,000 cubic metres of runoff
  • remove 6,455 tonnes of carbon dioxide and 156 tonnes of pollutants and thus support our goal of being a Net Zero Carbon community by 2050; 
  • support the rest of our plant life and anchor our green spaces.

—> The City of Guelph's current tree canopy cover is 23%—the same as when its Urban Forest Management Plan was adopted in 2012—which is “low to average” compared to other municipalities

—> 17% of Guelph’s trees are dead, and the second most abundant tree species in the City (19% of its trees) is a highly invasive species (European buckthorn) that chokes out other trees. 

—> 95% of respondents to a City survey were supportive of long-term investment in our urban forests. 

We, the undersigned: 

—> Applaud the City of Guelph for establishing a target of 40% tree canopy cover

—> Express our desire that Guelph City Council acknowledge that urban forests are an investment with a compelling economic, social, and environmental payback

—> Urge Guelph City Council to allocate sufficient funding during the November 2020 budget process to fully implement the next phase of its Urban Forest Management Plan, which it approved at its September 28, 2020 meeting.**

They did the “talk” by voting for our trees in September; now they must “walk their talk” by fully funding their own plan in November! 

*All stats pulled from Council documents: https://pub-guelph.escribemeetings.com/Meeting.aspx?Id=3d159a38-a5e2-420c-888d-0eccfbb373bc&Agenda=Agenda&lang=English&Item=23&Tab=attachments 

**City staff have requested a total capital budget of $2.585 million and operating budget of $765,000 between 2021 and 2024.

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