Trees and vegetation
Tree Management Program
As part of the master planning work, BC Housing and the Lead Consultant Team are completing a comprehensive Tree Management Program. This program will require reassessing and surveying the trees on site – given the volume of trees and size of the site, this exercise will take some time and is expected to be completed this fall. In the interim, in efforts to maintain the existing tree inventory and accommodate activities such as filming and ongoing operations, a Tree Protection Specification has been developed and is administered by BC Housing consultants Margot Long (Landscape Architect) and Julian Dunster (Arborist).
Ongoing Tree Maintenance
BC Housing continues to be committed to protecting the tree collection at Riverview. We continue to work under the advisement from Dr. Julian Dunster, the lead arborist for the Riverview Lands, to ensure the long term health of the trees and in accordance with the Riverview Tree & Plant Protection Specification.
Tree maintenance includes the removal of dead trees, tree bracing, cabling, pruning, removal of invasive species, and root support to prevent future damage during inclement weather and to promote continued growth. In addition, maintenance instructions help to keep site lines, roads and walk ways safe for all users of the Riverview Lands.
Plans for renewal of the Riverview Lands will recognize
and respect its key features including the tree collection.
There have been changes to the tree inventory due to extreme weather conditions, and the updated tree survey will include the location, size, species verification and condition of the inventory. The work is being lead by registered arborist and forester Julian Dunster, and registered landscape architect Margot Long.
Read more in our Tree Protection Specification document.