Tree management by-law continues City’s commitment to our urban forest

Continuing with its strong commitment to urban forest management, the City of Fredericton’s parks & trees staff have presented a draft Tree Management By-law to City Council for consideration. It’s the result of months of best practice research and a long-standing recommendation of the Fredericton Tree Commission.

The draft by-law outlines procedures for the maintenance, removal, replacement and protection of trees located on City property, as well as those located on private property impacting municipal operations. It will now proceed to the regular Council meeting of December 9, 2019.

“To a great extent, the by-law captures in written form the measures already being observed by our professional team of forestry staff,” said Fredericton Mayor Mike O’Brien.  “The by-law outlines how we can continue to best manage the tens of thousands of trees along our city streets and the hundreds of thousands within our parks and green spaces.”

To see By-law No. L-18: A By-law for the Management of Trees Within the City of Fredericton, visit the City’s website at www.fredericton.ca and search for the proposed by-law web page or contact the Office of the City Clerk at 506-460-2020 or cityclerk@fredericton.ca.

About the By-law

The by-law is divided into several sections. It begins with a preamble that recognizes the value of the City’s urban forest and the need to manage this “green infrastructure”. The by-law also offers a variety of definitions related to the municipality, its trees and associated operations.

It continues by outlining requirements for dealing with tree injuries, insect infestation and disease, as well as the proper pruning, removal, replacement, and planting of trees. The by-law also allows for the ability “to adopt programs and policies as may be necessary to maintain the health and vitality of trees within the city”.

The by-law also outlines practices that are not permitted or only allowed with City authorization. This includes planting trees on City property, attaching electrical cords, lights or other items to the branches of City trees, doing anything that would damage a tree, or securing any object to a City tree.

A limited number of exemptions are permitted under the by-law, such as removing trees that are a safety hazard, infected by disease of injurious insects, or that interfere with public utilities and infrastructure.

Provisions are also outlined in the by-law related to trees on private property impacting municipal operations, as well as associated penalties and provisions related to violating the by-law. Enforcement officers may be appointed under the by-law.

The by-law works in concert with existing strategies already in place to deal with Dutch Elm Disease and the Emerald Ash Borer. For more on these matters, and trees in general visit www.fredericton.ca and search “trees”.