Town of High River Reminds Residents to Help Protect Trees in Public Spaces

Town of High River Reminds Residents to Help Protect Trees in Public Spaces

HIGH RIVER, AB: The Town would like to remind property owners and contractors that trees on town property are protected under the Tree Protection Bylaw and it is not acceptable to attach signs or any other materials to public trees.

“During the spring and summer months, it is common for residents to try and advertise yard or garage sales or other community events,” says Darlene Donovan, arborist with the Town. “It’s really harmful to tree health to nail, tape or attach anything to the trunk, bark or branches.”

As stated in the Tree Protection Bylaw 4223/2009, fines of $100-$300 will apply in instances where the bark of a public tree is pierced or damaged.  Fines will also be applied if items are attached, secured or placed in the branches or on the trunk of a public tree.

The bylaw also prohibits:

  • Cutting, removing, moving or pruning of Town trees
  • Planting trees on Town land
  • Spraying trees with any substance except water
  • Unauthorized entry or interference with a Tree Protection Zone

Please call the Parks Department at 403.603.3503 to verify if a tree is town owned. A Tree Protection Plan is required when construction or development occurs within six metres of town owned trees.

For more information, please visit the Parks & Green Spaces page under the ‘Residents’ menu at www.highriver.ca