Green Fund

I went through over 300 planning documents from the City of Surrey, from Jan 2012-June 2014. In those documents, developers promised a minimum of $2,723,700 to Surrey’s Green City Fund. Those are fees for trees not replaced at the required number by developers. It costs $300/tree if they don’t plant enough trees. There were 16,613 mature, protected trees for removal since 2012 in these planning documents. 15,812 nursery trees were proposed for planting to replace those protected trees.

That sounds like a lot, right? But it would only buy a couple acres of forest here, where land is at a premium. Maybe we need to increase the fees for not replacing trees so the city can actually buy forest and keep it there.

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