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Councillor Orlikow's Position Regarding Lack of Dutch Elm Disease Funding in the 2012 Operating Budget

April 04, 2012

There have been previous motions made through the River Heights/Ft. Garry Ward regarding the need to address the issue of properly funding and replanting our tree stock to ensure that Winnipeg’s tree canopy is preserved. All have been denied. 

The reality is that the City of Winnipeg is losing 1000’s of trees per year to Dutch Elm Disease and that funding was not provided to address this issue reflects a continued lack of commitment to the City’s urban forest.

While reducing the tree pruning cycle from 13 to10 years is positive the City continues to lose thousands of trees per year, DED and Chock Cherry Black Knot continues to spread and the threat of the Ash Bore Beatle is ignored.” remarked Councillor Orlikow at the Council meeting related to approval of the 2012 Operating Budget

Winnipegger’s are stewards of our legacy however we are going to be leaving our children with less. Climate change and the deficit The City of Winnipeg finds itself in require immediate address which I will continue to fight for.