Protecting trees on construction sites

There has been a lot of discussion in recent weeks about the very poor steps taken to protect trees on construction sites in town. Not just protect them from felling but also to protect the ground their roots stand in from compaction which can lead to their slow death over the years following completion of a job.

CM was asked to find out what our bylaws say – as far as we can see in the bylaws published on the town website there is just one mention of trees at all. It reads as follows:

2.2.c   The Town of Baie-D’Urfé may require from any holder of a building permit, at the expense of the latter, a protective cage around certain trees for the entire duration of the work.

And that’s it. It’s discretionary and there is no reference to protecting a zone around each tree. Is this really what we want in our town?  Could we not do better – we say our trees are important and then we don’t do all we can to look after them.

http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/yard-garden/trees-shrubs/protecting-trees-from-construction-damage/#minimize-impact

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