A brochure produced by the District of Highlands Sustainable Land Use Select Committee – Spring 2020
Look around and you will see the fir and cedar trees declining rapidly
Over the past five years the rapidly increasing number of dead and dying Douglas fir and cedar trees has drawn the attention of many residents in the Highlands. It was expected that our majestic cedar trees would be the first casualty of climate change, but the effects on Douglas fir trees have been greater than expected.
Why are Douglas Fir and Cedar trees dying?
We are experiencing a rapidly transitioning forest ecosystem with the changing weather patterns of the climate crisis. Drought and heat stress are causing the rapid dying of coastal populations of Douglas Fir from Northern California up through British Columbia and Alaska.
You are seeing:
What is causing it?
This has several implications
Responsible Carbon Management
How do you get started with revegetating your landscape?
Many communities that have been ravaged by wildfire have learned lessons we can learn from.
Am I allowed to remove dead or dying trees?
A permit may be required under the Highlands Tree Management Bylaw or Development Permit Area and restrictions may apply under land title covenants. More information, advice and permits are obtainable at the District office.
Your Highland’s Council has raised this concern in the region. There will likely be created a Regional Vegetation Management Strategy as one of the ways to adapt to climate change and mitigate risks.
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