In 2014, a total of 850 tree-cutting permits were issued in Surrey, 157 hazardous tree-cutting permit were issued and $1.13 million was collected through the Green City Fund.
The total number of trees removed were 6,834 with 13,119 replacement trees required, according to the City of Surrey.
Last year, the City of Surrey released a tree canopy report for the first time in its history. The report showed the city’s tree canopy was 33 per cent in 2001, 30 per cent in 2009 and by 2013 had dropped to 27.7 per cent.
From 2001 to 2013, the City of Surrey issued tree-cutting permits for 102,347, and 124,403 were replaced. Without changes in Surrey’s current practices, the report predicted the city’s tree canopy to drop somewhere between 21 to 27 per cent in 50 years.
To reverse the tree loss trend, the city plans to encourage urban infill and it has recently adopted the Biodiversity Conservation Strategy, which aims to preserve 10,000 acres in the city in perpetuity in its natural state.
The city has a goal of reaching a 40 per cent tree canopy by 2058.