Winnipeg’s next city council needs tree champions. Which candidates will pledge to #SaveOurCanopy?
Calling all urban forest supporters! We invite you to be a part of Trees Please Winnipeg’s #SaveOurCanopy campaign, a lobbying effort we’re launching as part of the run-up to the 2022 civic election.
Our urban forest is in crisis due to neglect, invasive pests and diseases as well as construction, and we want to take that message to every councillor and mayoral candidate, asking them to specify what actions they plan to take to remedy the problem.
Trees Please Winnipeg wants candidates in the 2022 municipal election to commit to the following actions that are urgently needed to protect and grow the urban canopy:
1. Plant: For every 1 public tree lost, the city should be replanting at least 2 new trees, and watering those trees adequately so they survive & thrive
2. Maintain: Fund a 7-year pruning cycle (the industry standard)
3. Protect: Require that tree protection best practices be incorporated into all construction projects to prevent damage and loss of trees
We need volunteers from across the city who are willing to meet with candidates in every riding, inviting them to take a stand on this critical issue. We very much hope that you or members of your organization will join us in this undertaking.
Please get in touch and let us know if you are willing to participate in the campaign and if you’re available for an upcoming meeting to discuss strategy.