Have you noticed an Orange X on trees throughout the City?
City of Mississauga Forestry arborists are inspecting and assessing city-owned trees to determine if they are healthy and structurally sound. To ensure public safety trees may need to be removed due to significant damage. The recent ice storm caused great damage to the urban forest which includes trees on street boulevards in Mississauga.
All Forestry staff who inspect trees are International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) certified arborists. They are inspecting each tree individually for signs the tree can recover from damage. Signs a tree poses a safety concern or cannot recover because of significant ice damage include:
- Large crack(s) in the bark
- Deadwood that can break and fall
- Internal structural damage
- Amount of missing tree limbs (upper branches) in the tree crown
Once a tree is identified as “not able to recover and/or unsafe,” it is marked with an orange X. The City is advising residents where a City-owned tree in front of their house is marked for removal. After the tree is removed, the tree stumps will be removed and the ground will be repaired with topsoil and reseeded as weather permits.
“The City of Mississauga’s tree canopy is important to the environment, character of a community, quality of life and adds to the beauty of the City,” said Laura Piette, director, Parks and Forestry. “Only those trees that must be removed due to tree health and risk to public safety are being removed.” She also noted the City is developing a plan to replace the damaged city-owned trees that unfortunately need to be removed from public property. More information will be provided as it becomes available.
For more information or to report damage to a City-owned tree in your neighbourhood, call 3-1-1 (905-615-4311 if outside city limits) weekdays from 7 a.m.to 7 p.m. In the event of an after-hours emergency call 905-615-3000.
To learn more about the ice storm clean-up visit mississauga.ca/urbanforestry