Environment

The Environment

Wildlife

The open streams and wetlands attract some waterfowl as well as great blue herons. The presence of so many varieties of birds is also very beneficial to the trees, as many birds prey upon insects, and thus can help improve the health of the trees. The large open meadows and grassy fields also provide excellent habitat for field mice. The presence of these small creatures attract birds of prey such as owls and hawks.

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).

Plans for renewal of the Riverview Lands will recognize
and respect its key features including the tree collection.

Tree Inventory

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.

Consultants

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Dr. Julian Dunster
Registered Consulting Arborist

Dr. Julian Dunster has over thirty years working as an arborist. He is a Registered Consulting Arborist, a Registered Professional Forester, and a Registered Professional Planner. He also holds a Doctorate in Regional Planning and Resource Development.

Dr. Dunster designed and implemented the Tree Risk Assessment and Exam (TRACE) course, leading to the designation Certified Tree Risk Assessor and he is the lead author of the course manual for the Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ).

Margot Long
Margot Long
PWL Partnership Landscape Architects

Margot Long has over 20 years of experience in planning and designing public and private spaces.

She is a member of the British Columbia Society of Landscape Architects (BCSLA), Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA), and American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). Margot is also certified in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

Riverview Tree Survey