Arborist questions decision to remove 'healthy' trees
Thunder Bay council decides have stand of tamarack trees removed after homeowner complains
An arborist in Thunder Bay is questioning city council's decision to cut down a stand of tamaracks.
“This decision by council just runs absolutely counter to the positive work that the city has already done,” said Jay Dampier, an arborist who also runs a blog called Thunder Bay Trees.
Dampier said he found council’s Monday vote to remove the trees near Mohawk Crescent “frustrating” in light of the fact the city's urban forestry staff have worked hard to make the city more "green.”
When he first started his blog, Dampier said he didn't want it to be political, "but that all changed earlier this week.”
Council's decision to remove 11 tamarack trees in the wake of residents’ complaints, will cost the city about $8,500.
"It's partly the financial responsibility that I have a bit of an issue with … and … taking down perfectly healthy trees just seems ridiculous to me,” he said.
The manager of the city's parks department said it gets a lot of complaints about so-called "nuisance trees," most of which it rejects.
"And if the homeowner, or whoever's complaining, doesn't like what we've told them, then they have the right to go to council through deputation,” Paul Fayrick said.
The homeowner in this case told council tamarack needles have been damaging his roof.
Jay Dampier said he’s skeptical.
"I don't want to disparage the homeowners either, but there's been no evidence whatsoever, as far as I can tell, that these needles cause roof damage."
Dampier's not the only one questioning Council's decision.
A chorus of complaints on the matter can be found on social media websites.