It’s a race in opposition to time to maintain Winnipeg’s older tree canopies alive

Winnipeg’s beloved canopy — one of its best defences against the impacts of a warming climate — is thinning, and the numbers are grim.

Between 2018 and 2021, the city cut down more than 46,500 trees due to a range of factors, including Dutch elm disease — a removal rate of more than 11,600 trees per year. In the same time, the city has only managed to plant about 23,500 trees, averaging 5,900 annually.

Reporter Julia-Simone Rutgers writes on the efforts to keep the tree canopy thriving.

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