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Environment committee looks into Salmon Arm’s tree removal, pesticide use bylaws – Salmon Arm Observer

Environment committee looks into Salmon Arm’s tree removal, pesticide use bylaws – Salmon Arm Observer

Sights such as fallen fir trees in Salmon Arm can trigger interest in the city’s tree removal bylaw, one of two bylaws being researched by the city’s environmental advisory committee. (File photo)

Sights such as fallen fir trees in Salmon Arm can trigger interest in the city’s tree removal bylaw, one of two bylaws being researched by the city’s environmental advisory committee. (File photo)

Environment committee looks into Salmon Arm’s tree removal, pesticide use bylaws

Committee chair says research being done to see if any positive changes can be made

Changes could be in the future for Salmon Arm’s tree removal and pesticide use bylaws.

In December 2021, two working groups were set up by the city’s environmental advisory committee to discuss possible revisions to the bylaws.

Coun. Sylvia Lindgren explained that although bylaws aren’t generally under review, some are specific to the environment. The committee is reviewing them to see if they can be modified to make a positive impact.

The working groups are conducting research, including looking at similar bylaws in different municipalities.

The committee will receive the results, which could be sent back to them. Staff and council could also have an opportunity to provide input.

Lindgren said she’s expecting the whole process would take six months or more, although she’s hoping it could be done before the end of council’s term in October of this year.

Staff said there would likely be a meeting to solicit public input.

The committee’s stated purpose is to serve as an advisory body and resource group for council and administration on ways to preserve, maintain, and enhance the natural environment according to the provisions of the Official Community Plan’s environmental section.

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