Guided Survey: Let’s Talk Trees

Help us Manage our Trees: Take our Survey by Sept 30

We are looking for your opinions about some of the ideas we’re considering to better manage our urban forest. Get more background about this project.

Provide your comments by September 30 and you’ll be entered into a draw for a free $100 Visa gift card.

Tree Canopy Coverage

Port Coquitlam’s tree canopy coverage has remained at 23.8% since 2004. However, our urban forest has changed during this period.

The photos below represent the change in canopy between 2004 and 2016. Tree crowns have expanded, but individual trees have been lost (circled).

Our tree canopy coverage is projected to decline unless changes are made to how we manage our urban forest.

Tree Canopy:

The area covered by a tree’s leaves and branches.

Canopy Coverage:

The percentage of the City’s area covered by tree canopy.

Urban Forest:

The sum of all trees on all private and public property in the City, including streets, parks and conservation areas.

Setting a Tree Canopy Target

Setting a tree canopy target for Port Coquitlam would help serve as an overall guide for how we manage our urban forest and create related regulations and policies.

Ideas for setting a tree canopy target include:

  • Maintaining the status quo of 23.8% (no net loss) – this may be achievable by amending regulations to increase protection of existing trees (e.g. through reduced cutting), and maintaining and enhancing planting programs.
  • Setting a target of 25% – this would require additional planting and a reduction in tree cutting to achieve an average annual net gain of several hundred trees over 25 years.
What do you think?
What do you think?

Ideas to Maintain or Enhance our Urban Forest

If we are going to maintain or enhance our urban forest, we need to make some changes to the way we treat trees in our community.

We have a number of ideas for planting, protecting and managing trees, and we are looking for your feedback on these ideas.

Promoting Tree Planting

The City’s policies and bylaws require that new commercial, industrial and residential (multi-family, small lots, and new

Street trees on McAllister Street.

subdivisions) developments provide for both on-site landscaping and the planting of street trees.

The City also plants about 300 trees each year in its parks and along streets with grassy boulevards; the cost to plant trees on streets without boulevards may be significantly more expensive.

The City does not require replacement of a tree that is cut unless the tree is a significant tree. Funding obtained by the City in issuing tree cutting permits – approximately $20-$100 per tree – contributes to the cost of planting new trees (about $300-$500 per tree).

What do you think of the following ideas to promote more trees?
What do you think of the following ideas to promote more trees?

Protecting Trees

The regulations of the Tree Bylaw require owners to obtain a tree cutting permit prior to cutting a tree larger than 20cm in diameter measured at a height of 1.4m.

The Bylaw waives the permit fee for the cutting of one tree per year on a property, or up to 15% of total trees on a parcel with many trees. The Bylaw includes specific provisions that apply to hazardous trees to ensure public safety.

Tree bylaws in a number of other cities in the region offer stronger protection for trees than the City’s current regulations, including:

  • Requirements to obtain permits for cutting trees of smaller sizes,
  • Not offering any exemptions to the permit fee, and
  • Establishing higher values for their replacement requirements.
What do you think of the following ideas to better protect trees?
What do you think of the following ideas to better protect trees?
Protecting Trees:
Significant Trees:

Managing Trees

The City is also looking to enhance its tree management through the tree cutting permit and development approval processes – such as:

  • Requiring tree planting as part of site landscaping and street trees through street upgrades,
  • Mandating tree protection measures during the construction process,
  • Working with applicants to identify and retain significant trees, and
  • Maintaining a comprehensive inventory of planted trees.
What additional ideas can you suggest
What additional ideas can you suggest

Thank you for Participating!

Thank you for Participating!

Contact

Neil MacEachern
Environmental Coordinator
Planning Division, Development Services
Email maceachernn@portcoquitlam.ca
Tel 604.927.5267

Rob Landucci, B.Sc, NRP
Parks Coordinator
Engineering & Public Works
Email landuccir@portcoquitlam.ca
Tel 604.927.5458

Location and Mailing Address

City Hall Annex, (beside City Hall)
200 – 2564 Shaughnessy Street
Port Coquitlam, BC
V3C 2A8

8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday (excluding statutory holidays)