The District of Sooke needs a Tree Protection/Preservation Bylaw Now!

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Thousands of trees make up our ‘urban forest’ and provide abundant environmental, health, esthetic and property-value benefits to our community. Regardless of whether trees grow on private or public land, the removal or damage to trees should be monitored. Each year, many trees on private property are destroyed or damaged due to construction, disease and irresponsible acts. The District of Sooke needs to implement a Tree Preservation/Protection Bylaw in an effort to protect trees.Trees are a public health issue, trees clean and cool the air, create oxygen and as well as decrease carbon dioxide. Our precious Old Growth are in danger on Vancouver Island and need to be protected. We are in a Climate Change Crisis and the District of Sooke is one of the only municipalities in the Capital Regional District that does not have tree protection bylaws in place. We need to implement these protections immediately before this valuable environmental resource is gone. We need to be stewards for the environment and it starts at the local level.