The city of Kelowna is seeing public help in solving a spate of tree vandalism — cases it says of intentional tree poisoning.
According to the city, a large elm tree at 900 Manhattan Drive near downtown Kelowna had to be cut down after it died from poisoning.
He also claims that an aspen tree in the Kuipers Peak neighborhood was poisoned and that seven nearby aspen trees with connected root systems also died.
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“These intentional acts of harming our trees are truly tragic and senseless,” said Tara Bergeson, Urban Forestry Technician with the City of Kelowna.
“With all the benefits that trees bring to our city, the big question when it comes to tree vandalism is ‘Why?’ The Manhattan elm was a mature tree providing shade, helping to clean the air in the neighborhood and beautify the street.
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The city says the aspens were in an area known as Clarance Greenspace, where Clarance Avenue meets Kuipers Crescent in the Upper Mission area.
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Bergeson says the area is a rainforest, where deciduous trees help moderate groundwater, which then stabilizes nearby slopes.
Additionally, the city claims that the large elm tree was estimated to be over 60 years old and was located in a riparian area. The removal of the tree cost $5,000.
The city added that anyone found vandalizing or removing trees on city property could be fined up to $50,000 for each tree.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the City of Kelowna at 250-469-8500 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
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