Wow, we are already nearing the end of Brent Toderian's 25 city resolutions. Resolution #20 encourages us to "plant a tree in your front yard, and fight for street trees on your street, in your neighborhood, and across your city. There are literally dozens of ways they make life better in cities. See my hashtag #StreetsAreBetterWithTrees." This is definitely a timely reminder as we deal with the impacts of climate change in our communities. But it's also a lovely 'to do' as trees not only provide great environmental benefits, but they're also helpful for our mental wellbeing and they truly add beauty to our neighbourhoods.
Earlier this year, Kitchener Council approved the Sustainable Urban Forestry Strategy which aims to plan, engage, maintain, protect, and plant a sustainable urban forest throughout the city. Learn more about that strategy on the city's website. This year, Kitchener also introduced the Neighbourhood Park Tree Planting Pilot Project through the #lovemyhood strategy. The deadline has passed to apply this year, but hopefully we'll see this pilot turn into a permanent program next year. And finally, Reep Green Solutions offers a tree planting program for homeowners that subsidizes the planting of trees on private property. #365ofgoodWR