Green­ing plan part of bud­get

The Woolwich Observer - - NEWS -

An am­bi­tious plan to in­crease the tree canopy in Elmira will be rolled out as part of Woolwich’s 2019 bud­get, says the town­ships chief ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer.

David Bren­ne­man said this week the “low-hang­ing fruit” from the green­ing plan would be in­cor­po­rated in bud­get dis­cus­sions. His re­marks came as Coun. Mark Bau­man raised the is­sue at Tues­day night’s coun­cil meet­ing.

Coun­cil­lors last week ap­proved a plan to in­crease the tree cov­er­age in Elmira to 30 per cent, al­most dou­ble the cur­rent level. The green­ing ini­tia­tive is spear­headed by the Town­ship of Woolwich En­vi­ron­men­tal En­hance­ment Com­mit­tee (TWEEC).

Some 23,000 trees will have to be planted in Elmira to meet the goal of 30 per cent cov­er­age. One of the first steps will be iden­ti­fy­ing suit­able ar­eas for plant­ing. The list will in­clude a stretch of Arthur Street in the down­town core where the ash trees have all been re­moved in the past few years, leav­ing the area de­nuded of canopy cov­er­age.

Bren­ne­man noted that both the en­gi­neer­ing and plan­ning ser­vices (EPS) and re­cre­ation and fa­cil­i­ties ser­vices (RFS) de­part­ments will be look­ing to co­or­di­nate ef­forts.

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