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Love trees? Port Moody's asking how it can restore the urban forest

A new survey is asking the public for its opinion on how the city should layout a 30-year plan to improve the health of local trees.
View of a B.C. forest seen from a drone. | Getty Images

Port Moody is surrounded by trees that make the community more vibrant and interactive for local residents and visitors.

Now, the city is contemplating how it can maintain the urban forest and is seeking public opinion on its 30-year vision.

A new survey has launched on Engage Port Moody asking how city staff can establish a plan to improve the health and resiliency of all trees, including those on the street, in a park or in a residential yard.

This is also in response to city council's declaration of a climate emergency.

According to the survey, staff is currently developing an urban forest management strategy while also reviewing Port Moody's tree protection bylaw as the city continues to evolve and grow.

"Port Moody’s trees are an important community resource, integral to the health and well-being of our people, plants, and animals — and to the city’s resilience in the face of climate change," the survey's description reads. 

"We are reviewing the existing [tree protection] bylaw to ensure it reflects best management practices and community values."

The survey encompasses an array of topics related to the urban forest, including the benefits of trees within the community and which areas local residents' believe can use improvements.

The deadline to complete the online survey is June 12.

Those who wish to obtain a paper copy of the survey can pick one up at Port Moody city hall (100 Newport Dr.).

In addition to the survey, Port Moody city staff are set to host a pair of outdoor pop-up events in hopes of reaching out to as much of the public as possible about the urban forest:

  • May 27 = Rocky Point Park
  • May 28 = Bert Flinn Park

Port Moody city staff are also set to introduce more engagement opportunities later this year and into 2023.

For more information and to participate in the survey, you're encouraged to visit Engage Port Moody's website.

For questions, you can email [email protected] or [email protected].