OUR VIEW: Trees make news in Surrey and Delta for a reason

You’ll be reading a lot about trees in this week’s issue of the Now and here on our website.

You’ll read about Delta working to increase its stock of trees, while Surrey will be chopping them down in Green Timbers for a light rail transit line.

Its municipal council has adopted an urban reforestation program that aims to see 1,150 trees planted in Delta within the next year, with some of those to be planted along Nordel Way.

Sean McGill, Delta’s director of human resources and corporate planning, noted that a single tree can on average remove 10 pounds of pollutants each year by absorbing particulates and gases from the air, and two mature trees can provide enough oxygen for one person every year.

Delta deserves plenty of "huzzahs."

And then we have Surrey. While we applaud the news from Linda Hepner’s State of the City Address that treeplanting work will double over the next four years – from 2,500 trees a year to 5,000 – we are troubled by the fact that Surrey cannot yet account for the number of trees to be felled in Green Timbers to make way for light rail transit and the widening of Fraser Highway.

We urge the City of Surrey to give careful consideration to each and every tree rather than obtusely cut great wide swaths through this important forest.

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