We’ve just heard from the City of Vancouver that most of the Kaslo poplar trees will be cut down very soon, likely starting tomorrow. The biologist hired by Notre Dame’s project manager, issued a report yesterday and the City has accepted it.
Here’s what we’ve been told by the City:
- a biologist bird survey occurred as a requirement within 48 hrs of the tentative work starting
- the biologist has identified a very small number of nesting pairs at the base of several trees
- the trees closest to the nests, and a buffer of additional trees in proximity, will be retained for a number of weeks, subject to a follow up assessment by the biologist
- tree cutting has been recommended to occur at the north edge, moving to the SW corner within the 48 hour timeframe
It’s a sad and sudden end for these trees that have been a landmark in our neighbourhood for over 50 years. Tonight’s Frontline Cheer could be the last with the Kaslo poplars as a backdrop.
It seems that Vancouver’s green city talk is just that, talk. When push comes to shove, nothing gets in the way of a developers needs. Not even baby birds.
This is just the first step in a project that will leave our neighbourhood a poorer, less liveable place. We were promised a grass field, bordered by tall poplars trees. What we’re getting is a sunken artificial turf field, bordered by concrete and a parking lot. A veritable biological desert.
Not a good look, Greenest City.