Planting a tree looks easy: dig a hole, place a seedling in the hole, fill the hole with soil, cover with mulch and water.
But, as Winnipeg finds out, planting a million trees is no small feat.
In 2019, Mayor Brian Bowman launched the Million Tree Challenge, which called on residents, businesses and nonprofits to plant a million trees on private and public property by the time the people of Winnipeg reach one million people, which is expected around 2040..
The campaign initially appeared to have the potential to give citizens an outlet to do something positive to combat climate change, and also to strengthen Winnipeg’s tree canopy, which is under attack by harmful invaders such as the Borer. ash, Dutch elm disease and cottony ash psyllid, also known as jumping tree lice.
But enthusiasm for the project has died down considerably as citizens find the green initiative bogged down in administrative tangles.
Com. Janice Lukes (Waverley West), who called the process a “bureaucratic nightmare,” noted that it takes several weeks, if not months, for volunteers to get approval from seven different city departments to start a planting project. ‘trees on land belonging to the city. . Some took over 60 email exchanges before the roots hit the ground.
The councilor recommended that the city establish a streamlined approval process when citizens are ready to roll up their sleeves and plant in the spring. His call for better communication includes developing a clear checklist of the steps needed to get plantation approval.
The challenge for municipal authorities will be to take into account Ms. Lukes’ recommendations to streamline the planting process while ensuring that tree planting initiatives are well planned, ensuring that the right type of trees are in place. planted in the right way in the right places.
Com. Janice Lukes (Waverley West) called the process of starting a tree planting project a “bureaucratic nightmare,” noting that it takes several weeks, if not months, for volunteers to get approvals.
To do otherwise, allowing citizens with no knowledge of dendrology to randomly plant in a type of forestry “trees for all”, could do more harm than good, because trees are planted in places where roots grow to hinder. underground gas or water pipes, or branches bloom to block the view of road traffic.
The tension lies in finding a way to harness the ardor of tree enthusiasts while ensuring that their volunteer efforts are focused in the best directions for Winnipeg’s urban forest. Fortunately for city officials faced with this challenge, they can learn from many places around the world in the process of similar projects.
Paperwork accused of hampering efforts to plant trees on city properties
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