Greening plan part of budget
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.