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Seeing the Forest for the Trees: Preserving Urban Trees in Vancouver, BC
March 25, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Join us to hear from Andrea Reimer, a LOEB fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, about her work in Vancouver to preserve and protect the city’s urban forest.
Andrea served four terms in local government, including three on Vancouver’s City Council where she championed a number of initiatives including the results-driven, award-winning Greenest City Action Plan, an effort to make Vancouver the greenest city in the world by 2020. As part of this work, Andrea oversaw the development and implementation of the City’s first ever Urban Forest Strategy which was a comprehensive effort to improve the size and quality of the city’s tree canopy through retention, canopy management and new plantings. Through collaboration with community, experts and the business community, the UFS has brought in a number of significant changes including a strict tree protection bylaw, better ecological practices for trees on public lands with attention to bidoversity and climate adaptation, and an Urban Ranger program for management of trees on private lands. The results have been impressive with 105,000 new plantings and an estimated 3,000 trees per year retained.
Entrance is on Devonshire Street. Please sign in on the first floor and make your way up to the 5th floor. The talk is in the Meridian Conference Room.