Brampton - The City of Brampton continues to respond to the December ice storm. More than 50,000 trees throughout Brampton sustained significant damage from the December ice storm. The City places a high value on trees, recognizing their environmental, aesthetic and economic value to our city.
All decisions about City trees – including inspections, pruning and removal – are made by the City’s certified arborists. A decision to remove a tree is always carefully made and based on criteria specifically designed to retain trees wherever possible. FAQs | Inspections, pruning and removal of City trees Why should we rely on decisions made by a ‘certified arborist’?
The City’s arborists have completed extensive training and formal education based on forestry industry standards and best practices. Their certification makes them qualified experts in tree care and tree diagnosis. The City tree on my property was damaged during the ice storm. Will the City remove the tree or prune it?
Following the debris cleanup on City streets and subject to available financial/staffing resources, the City’s arborists will assess all City trees to determine if they should be removed or pruned. Why are damaged trees being removed if there is a chance they will come out in leaf this spring?
City arborists expect that all damaged trees that were alive in 2013 will continue to grow in the spring of 2014. Trees with structural damage where their viability as a healthy tree is unlikely will be removed.
Several trees on my street have an orange ‘X’. What does this mean?
These trees have severe damage and will be removed. Residents with a marked tree in front of their home will receive a letter from the City to explain the process. The City tree on my property only lost one big limb. Why is it marked for removal?
Unlike cutting a limb from a tree with a saw, the tearing of a limb (from the excess weight of the ice) causes severe damage where limb and tree meet. The damaged area will not heal and the tree will become unsafe if left standing. The City tree on my property is marked for removal. Why didn’t they mark the other severely damaged tree on my lawn?
The City will only remove trees located on the City’s portion of the land in front of your home. Landowners must assess and respond to repairs on their own property. If private tree work is required, residents should hire a qualified arborist
. Why was the City tree on my property removed without asking me?
Many trees were deemed an immediate hazard, and were removed during the emergency phase of the ice storm cleanup to maintain safety. The City tree was marked for removal even though I think the damage could be repaired. Why is it being removed?
Several factors are carefully considered during the inspection
The tree may have pre-existing conditions that, when considered with damages from the ice storm, make removal the best option.
The tree may be an ash tree and will die due to the Emerald Ash Borer
The tree may have structural damage that is not obvious. If you are concerned, call 311 or email email@example.com. City staff can meetyou onsite to review their decision. Why would the City not just cut off the broken branches and allow the tree to grow new branches in the spring?
Branches that grow from a damaged limb will always be structurally weak. The attachment point of the damaged limb won’t be able to support the weight of the new growth, posing a future hazard. Most trees will sprout new limbs after being damaged – this is not viewed as an indicator of the tree’s health and structural safety. I don’t agree with the City decision to remove a tree. What are my options?
The City’s goal is to retain all trees that will continue to survive and
add value to the community.
If you are concerned, call 311 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. City staff can meet you onsite to review their decision.
Why is the City maple tree not marked for removal, even though it has more damage than my ash tree?
Damaged ash trees will typically be removed instead of repaired. Ash
trees are expected to die in less than three years due to the Emerald
Ash Borer infestation. My ash tree was injected by the City to protect it from EAB. Will it still be removed?
Ash trees that were injected by the City will be reviewed using the
same criteria as ‘non-ash’ varieties
Bramptonians were patient, thoughtful and hard-working in the wake of the ice storm. We showed the true spirit of our city. We were neighbours helping neighbours.
Together, we have made Brampton proud. We want to hear your ice storm story. Did a neighbour offer you shelter or did you visit a City warming centre? What were you grateful for? Who helped you out… or who did you help out?
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. Use the online map to view recovery progress, tree disposal sites and more. Also find updates on Twitter: @CityBrampton, @BramptonSnow and @BEMOPrepared.