URBAN FOREST WORK NEEDED
CHRIS Muir is spot on in his assessment of the City of South Perth’s draft Urban Forest Strategy as ‘ho hum’ (Southern Gazette, August 22).
As urban infill intensifies, we will see a drastic decline in canopy coverage, in a period where our suburbs are likely to be getting hotter and drier.
Yet the City’s strategy is seemingly short on any kind of strategy to deal with this.
Rather than speaking with the community, they have developed a document that appears to be a simple rehashing of the current issues and their current policy initiatives. Where is the innovation? Here are a few ideas you might like to consider. Free of charge. First off, how about setting some specific goals for increasing canopy coverage by a particular date?
How about repurposing drainage sumps to become urban forest hotspots?
Or encouraging residents to install more native verges?
What about mandating green roofs and walls for larger developments?
You could consider implementing an incentives based policy to encourage landowners to protect mature trees on private property, like the City of Canning is considering.
How about developing a strategy for creating green corridors for wildlife?
How about some detailed actions catering to the endangered Carnaby’s cockatoos and threatened redtailed black cockatoos that reside in the area?
Perhaps you could focus on increasing the diversity of street trees to create a more balanced ecosystem?
And focus on improving canopy coverage around schools to increase walkability? Come on South Perth, think a little harder on this one. RYAN QUINN, South Perth