I live directly adjacent to a swale, where some years ago the city planted some very lovely trees. Over the years these beautiful trees have matured, and so their branches were now inches away from my house. I love the trees and the habitat they provide for birds and squirrels.
I grew concerned recently over the real fire danger presented by the climate change we are experiencing and the upcoming Fourth of July holiday; even though fireworks have been illegal in Vancouver for the past six years, those who live close by completely ignore the law. I contacted Charles Ray, Vancouver’s urban forester, regarding my concerns. He, along with Nick Redmond, urban forestry specialist, sent out the absolutely wonderful Stormwater Team, who came this morning to trim up the trees. They did a great job. I want to give these city employees the public commendation they so rightly deserve.