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8,000 planted; 12,000 trees to go.

Urban Impact Recycling Ltd. a commercial recycling and shredding firm, donated and planted 480 trees.

“A Richmond company showed it wants to make the environment in South Delta cleaner and greener by joining the municipality’s tree planting efforts.”

By Sandor Gyarmati
Delta Optimist – Community – Saturday, May 19, 2007

Urban Impact Recycling Ltd., a commercial recycling and shredding firm, donated and planted 480 trees last Saturday in a partnership arrangement with the Corporation of Delta.

The municipality was more than willing to provide a civic property, the Boundary Beach park reserve, at 66th Street and 1st Avenue in Boundary Bay, for the undertaking.

Project manager Philip von Stefenelli described his company’s donation as “carbon neutral tree planting project.”

Nancy McLean, Delta’s landscape co-ordinator and senior planner, said most tree plantings that take place on municipal boulevards, park reserves, street ends and other open spaces are the result of partnerships or donations by companies and other organizations such as B.C. Hydro.

“We don’t have the resources to plant them all on our own,” McLean said. “We don’t have our own nursery and we have a very limited staff in terms of urban forestry who need to deal with maintenance issues, because it’s much more than just the planting.”

She noted Delta also receives funding to plant more than 100 trees each spring and fall as a result of developments which pay for the endeavour.

As far as future plans, McLean said she worked with a representative of the U.S. Forest Service who used a satellite photo of Delta to show the tree canopy needs to be increased in Ladner and Tsawwassen.

An urban forester, meantime, is proposing to take a snapshot of Ladner to look at the different species of trees and undertake an evaluation through a National Research Council program. If approved, that study would evaluate the best types of trees to plant in order to have optimum pollution absorption.

Delta’s goal, set a couple of years ago, is to plant 20,100 trees by 2010; so far, 8,000 large trees or seedlings have been planted, McLean said.

“What we’re working on is other possibilities to plant lots more seedlings and to look at other sources of plant materials, like nurseries contributing and so on.

“What’s happened as a result of the publicity of our trying to plant and increase the tree canopy cover in the urban areas is a lot of groups, like youth groups in churches, have called saying they’re interested in helping us.”

McLean pointed out more than 100 trees will be planted at Winskill Park as part of the artificial turf field construction.