The 2021 preliminary budget is being considered at City Hall and includes an additional $3 Million to protect and grow our tree canopy.
“This budget confirms Council’s commitment to trees with an additional investment of $3 million to address the damage from the October 2019 storm,” said Councillor John Orlikow, Deputy Mayor. “Working together and continued investment in trees will make sure our urban forest is here today and for generations to come.”
The preliminary 2021 budget adds $3 million of operating funding to the $37 million already budgeted for trees and forestry.
Councillor and Deputy Mayor Orlikow’s advocacy for our tree canopy has been effective and consistent over the years. Including his push during 2020 for adding the $3 Million to the forestry budget.
His advocacy and focus on protecting Winnipeg’s tree canopy are why he is also the City of Winnipeg’s One Million Trees Challenge liaison
The One Million Tree Challenge is a not for profit initiative that aims to plant one million trees on both public and private property before Winnipeg’s population reaches one million residents.
The success of the One Million Tree Challenge relies on strong partnerships with groups such as Trees Winnipeg and through donations made by partners like CN and Telpay and other businesses, organizations and individuals.