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Open Houses Will Provide Information about Urban Forest Plan


March 26, 2012 – The City of Thunder Bay’s Parks Division will host two Open Houses this week to provide an opportunity to learn more about the recently completed Urban Forest Management Plan.

The first Open House will occur Wednesday, March 28 from 4-8 pm in the West Thunder Community Centre boardroom (915 S. Edward St). The second Open House will be held Thursday, March 29 from 4-8 pm at the Oliver Road Community Centre (563 Oliver Road).

The Urban Forest Management Plan is intended to be an all-encompassing, living document that influences all levels of urban forestry management from administration to daily operation.  As well, the Plan provides the Parks Division with a vision for the urban forest, short and long-term goals and accompanying strategic actions to attain these goals.

The Urban Forest Management Plan was developed by Davey Resource Group and presented to City Council in February.  The Plan’s goal is a healthy and sustainable urban forest that contributes to the economic, environmental and social vitality of the city.  The Parks Division will take key recommendations from the Plan to City Council in advance of the 2013 budget.

City Forester Shelley Vescio is excited to share the recommendations. “This Plan allows the City of Thunder Bay to proactively manage our urban forest. It helps to clearly explain the important role played by our urban forest and provides facts outlining why the urban forest should be maintained, enhanced and protected,” Vescio said.

The Urban Forest Management Plan is based on urban forestry best management practices and is supported by many City policies and numerous community groups.  The vision is to have a sustainable, safe, healthy and diverse urban forest that optimizes public and environmental benefits.

Additional information about Thunder Bay’s Urban Forest and the Urban Forest Management Plan is available at www.thunderbay.ca/urbanforestry.

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Contact: Shelley Vescio, City Forester, 625-2473