Follow up to Jan 29 Meeting

Information from the Jan 29 meeting –

The full presentation from the Jan 27 public meeting is available on the City’s website at http://www.london.ca/residents/Environment/Natural-Environments/Documents/Medway-Public-Meeting-2.pdf. A copy of the full presentation is also available at the Sherwood Branch of the London Public Library.

As a reminder, the

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Seeking Neighbourhood Tree Captains

Be the inspiration for the neighbourhood – Build a network of like-minded people to assure the continued survival of the trees in the neighbourhood.

Residential neighbourhoods make up 40% of the “plantable” space in London. The “Neighbourhood Tree Captain” program hopes to fill in these gaps through identifying people willing to champion tree planting in Orchard Park/Sherwood Forest. Training and support will be provided. Time commitment: 1 to 2 hours a week spring and fall

Next Training Date:
– Tuesday, February 4, 6:30 to 9 pm
– 2nd Floor City Hall, Corner of Dufferin and Wellington

Please contact Louise at Louise@ReForestLondon.ca for more information.

Neighborhood Update – March 2013

MEDWAY MATTERS
On Thursday, March 7 at Orchard Park Public School at 7 pm, the city and its consultant will be presenting its work to date on the city’s Climate Change Adaptation Strategy for the Medway Creek. This review includes the entire portion of the Medway that is in the City of London.

This year, the City is conducting an update to the Conservation Master Plan for the Medway Valley Heritage Forest Environmentally Significant Area from south of Fanshawe to where it meets the Thames River. This will include a review of trails in the Valley. The proposed timeline is as follows.

A summary of the project and its objectives which was provided by the City is available here. This project will involve all communities that border the Medway, not just ours. Dates and locations of meetings will be on the city’s web site and the community web site and on Facebook. More information will be provided when available.

  • Project start – March 2013
  • Site Inventories – end March to end September 2013
  • Preliminary draft report – late October 2013
  • Public Information Meeting – one at the start of the process (March-April 2013) and one to present results of the study (November 2013)
  • Finalize Phase I report – December 1 2013

TREES
City Council retained money in the budget to replace trees cut due to the Emerald Ash Borer. The replanting of trees cut down this past fall should take place this year.

In addition to the replanting, anyone may request the City to have a tree planted on the City owned portion of your front lawn. The City will assess the site and if appropriate, will add you to their ongoing planting plan (even if you didn’t lose a tree to the ash borer). To make a request:

– visit www.milliontrees.ca
– click on “I Want A Tree” and then click on “Suggest Locations for New Trees”
– Complete the tree request form. Click to submit and then you are done.

You can also call the city at 519-661-5783

INVITATION
The Ratepayers are members of The Urban League of London, an umbrella group for neighbourhood organizations in the city. One of its roles is public education. On Wednesday, March 20, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, you are invited to:

An Evening with Greg Levine, an Integrity Commissioner
London Public Library
Central Branch- Stevenson & Hunt Room
251 Dundas Street

Please go to http://urbanleagueoflondon-eorg.eventbrite.com/# for more information and to reserve a spot.

City budget alert – replanting for ash trees cut in Orchard Park/Sherwood Forest‏

One of the proposed cuts in the 2013 city budget is the elimination of the city’s Emerald Ash Borer program.

http://london.ca/Budget/pdf/33_Capital_-_Elimination_of_Emeral_Ash_Borer_Strategy_Funding.pdf

A number of street ash trees were removed in Fall 2012 in Orchard Park – Sherwood Forest. City staff were asked if the proposed budget elimination would curtail plans to replant the trees that have been cut. The simple answer was – YES.

If you are concerned about this, you may want to write or call (519-661-2500) the Mayor (jfontana@london.ca) and Councillor Branscombe (nbransco@london.ca) to express your point of view. Council begins its debate of the proposed budget on January 24th.