The Town of Hanna is getting its ducks, or more accurately, its trees in order. Council passed a new trees bylaw at its July meeting.
"You should have a tree bylaw that indicates what people can and cannot do with the public trees on your boulevards and within your parks," argued Gwen Snell, Hanna's Director of Community Services. "Our resources are limited and so, this year we applied for a green job (and) we were awarded a position and hired a young lady by the name of Grace Curry."
In addition to helping draft the bylaw, Curry was also tasked to do an inventory of Hanna trees.
"It provides us with an inventory of our assets, our trees on the boulevards and in parks, and allows us to do better planning in terms of maintenance and care of those trees, as well as replacement," explained Snell.
"We've planted a number of Burr Oak, for example, and those are considered a heritage tree," she outlined. "You look at them growing for 100 years, being in your community for 100 years and then they have 100 years where they sort of decline, so we know that those trees are going to outlive our duration in the job, but we're looking at planting those for future generations."
The final component is the Adopt-a-Tree program, which encourages residents to purchase an approved tree in honour of a loved one, business or special event. The trees would be planted by town staff within Hanna's parks, boulevards, cemetery and green spaces. Recognition of donation will be recorded on the Town of Hanna website and donors will be provided with a certificate of appreciation.
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