Sechelt residents can apply to have a free street tree installed in front of their property through the Adopt a Street Tree program.
In 2012, Sechelt planted more than 80 trees under this partnership program. A total of $10,000 is being contributed in 2013 by Tree Canada and BC Hydro for the purchase of trees. The District of Sechelt will contribute a similar amount to cover tree installation labour and program administration.
Completed adoption applications (available on www.sechelt.ca) must be received by March 15. Residents can select from more than 30 species of trees to adopt. As trees will be planted on District road allowances, height limitations may restrict choices for some locations. Staff will work with residents to find the best available tree for the location.
Residents will be responsible for watering trees that they adopt.
To get a good start, a healthy tree needs at least three to five gallons of water twice a week for the first two years. Additional watering during hot, dry periods and in subsequent years may be necessary.
“Establishing tree planting programs is one of the goals of Sechelt’s urban forestry plan,” said Mayor John Henderson in a news release. “With the help of our street tree program partners, we look forward to working with our residents to create a greener, healthier and more beautiful community.”