Trees need to have better bylaw protection

The city was prepared to give us the go-ahead to clear-cut the property if that was what we wanted.

To the Editor,

Re: City’s tree management bylaw misdirected, Letters, Aug. 28.

I appreciated reading letter writers’ thoughts on tree protection in Nanaimo. The report of broken eggs and baby birds all over the ground is especially upsetting.

A few years ago, I worked for a developer who showed the city arborist a number of trees that we intended to keep. We were told that we did not have to keep them, that there were no “significant” trees on the property. We thought they were significant, and they were retained. They continue to enhance the property today.

That was before the current bylaw was passed, but earlier tree protection measures were in place.  As I recall, we were required to have a tree management plan, but apparently the city was prepared to give us the go-ahead to clear-cut the property if that was what we wanted. It doesn’t look as though much has changed. Baffling.

Suzanne GregoryNanaimo

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