The City of St.Catharines would like to increase the tree canopy cover in the area. An issue that I strongly support and have ideas to help achieve.
Currently, trees cover around 15 % of the physical area in the city. The city would like to increase this to around 25%. One way to help reach this goal, is to create a bylaw that would require citizens to obtain a permit BEFORE cutting down trees on their residential property(s).
Keep in mind, the city's main goal is to protect old (100 year +) trees or trees that are unique and/or rare. The city does not want to interfere with property enhancements/renovations. The city will not prevent citizens from trimming or cutting down trees that are a safety risk for a property owner and/or their property.
In this context, I do support this possible bylaw. Other large cities have the same form of bylaw and it HAS helped increase the tree canopy cover in their cities. One of the major goals of my campaign is to help green all areas of St.Catharines - including Hartzel Road/Queenston St. I could group their revitalization into the mix. I could go even FURTHER and included revitalization/rejunivation of the old Welland Canal sites; clean-up and promotion of Centennial Park/Mountain Locks Park, but these other important issues deserve their own postings (or this one would be much longer).
What do YOU think?
Please comment, I want to know where the residents of Merritton stand. I hope this will help with keeping you informed on issues that matter in the area - not only to us but to all residents of St.Catharines as a whole.
Merritton Ward Candidate.