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Fredericton's New Tree Bylaw

Trees are an essential service.


So, the City of Fredericton rushed in a new 'Bylaw for the Management of Trees' this Jan. If you've already baked your Covid-19 bread and want something else to do, give it a read.


The good news is that ALL city trees on streets, off trails, in parks, etc - are now protected from harm or removal with a fine of $75 per tree plus replacement costs potentially being levied.


It's true the fine is already much higher in most other Canadian cities with urban forest plans in place, and that the most progressive of these make the punishment fit the crime by fixing fines up to 10k for harming a rare, significant, very old, or a heritage tree or trees...


It's true the city did not include it's own staff or various departments in the ban against harming or removing trees. This even though most Canadian cities with a comprehensive urban forest plan in place, provide strict consultation processes for just this purpose, after their citizens sat in and even chained themselves to beloved community trees to stop their city chainsaws...


It's true the city gave itself sweeping new powers to remove ANY CITY OR PRIVATE trees, or to have them removed at the property owners' expense. (They are worried about the coming Emerald Ash Borer and don't want to get stuck with the bill)...


It's true the bill was rushed through with no public consultation and despite TMF's offer to facilitate or co-facilitate tried and true Canadian urban forest planning processes. (The Ash Borer again)...


But still. For the first time in many years, there are real fines and actual penalties.

So here's a thought. Let's use them!


-Cutting down trees that block your view of the river? Not on!

-Making your own paths with your chainsaw through city owned land? Not on!

-Nailing your business sign to the tree down the street? Not on!


People in Fredericton are still treating trees like 70's motorists used to treat trash. Just throw it out!


But we don't have time to grow more mature trees which are the work horses of the environment...


And trees keep us well even when we are sick. If anything, the pandemic is showing us just how very essential the services of the city's trees are...


So, let's take photos. Call the bylaw office. Write your councilors. Alert the media. Let's use what's good about this bylaw and start educating...



(and we'll keep working on getting the urban forest plan we need)

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