Climate change is straining forestry services: Report
Climate change has hit Toronto’s trees — hard.
Unprecedented damage from wind storms has left the city’s forestry department scrambling to catch up with demand for emergency services, taking valuable resources away from planting and maintenance programs, according to a report to be presented today to the parks committee.
"We’re on an emergency footing rather than a regime to enhance new tree growth," said councillor and committee chair Paula Fletcher (Ward 30, Toronto-Danforth).
"We need to factor in climate change in the budget. We need to adapt to our new reality."
The backlog in tree services is taking attention away from routine maintenance and care, she said. When maintenance falters, existing trees grow weak, which can jeopardize forest expansion.