Urban Forestation: The Role Trees Play in Urban Ecosystems and Infrastructure
Forests not just for tree huggers in Vancouver
“Urban trees have popular appeal and are also highly regulated. Most cities have bylaws that protect mature trees from being cut down and dictate how many trees must accompany new development. There is also increasing research and awareness around the role trees play in urban ecosystems and infrastructure,” wrote Wendy Stueck in an article published in the Globe & Mail newspaper in August 2012.
“That wasn’t always the case.”
UniverCity Leads Way with Next Generation of Green Infrastructure Innovation
“In the Lower Mainland, that shift has come in part through test cases such as Univercity, a 10-year-old housing development at Simon Fraser University that features a stormwater management system that diverts almost all rainwater to the ground rather than into conventional drain pipes or storm sewers,” explained Wendy Stueck.
“The system has worked as intended, providing reassurance to planners as they weigh cost and liability concerns. Several projects now under way in B.C. feature the same principles on a larger scale.”
To Learn More:
To read the complete article as published in the Globe & Mail newspaper, click on Forests not just for tree huggers in Vancouver
For more information on the sustainable community at Simon Fraser University atop Burnaby Mountain, click on UniverCity Leads Way with Next Generation of Green Infrastructure Innovation