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Victoria may lose cherry blossoms as city pushes ahead with tree management plan

The British Columbia Legislature is framed by cherry blossoms as a pedestrian passes by in Victoria , B.C., on March 2, 2010. Victoria's trademark cherry blossoms may be lost in a few years as the city goes ahead with a plan to replace aging non-native trees with native species. On Thursday the city council approved an increase of $868,000 in its Urban Tree Management Plan, which Coun. Geoff Young says could result in a loss of a number of flower-bearing trees in the city.
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February 23, 2019 - 6:30 PM

Victoria's trademark cherry blossoms may be lost in a few years as the city goes ahead with a plan to replace aging non-native trees with native species.

City councillors this week approved a spending increase for the B.C. capital's Urban Forest Master Plan, which once councillor says could result in a loss of a number of flower-bearing trees in the city.

Coun. Geoff Young says while he understands the need for tree maintenance, he is concerned after his colleagues approved a spending increase of $868,000 to a program that already spends $1.7 million a year.

He says he's also sad with the push towards native species at the expense of non-native ones like the city's famous cherry trees.

Young says he doesn't want the city to be overrun with non-native species, but at the same time he says a modest use of some of those plants is quite acceptable and adds a lot to quality of life.

Victoria's overall tree canopy coverage when last measured in 2013 was approximately 18 per cent, and the city hopes to increase this to 40-45 per cent over the next few decades.

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