Just as streets, sidewalks, public buildings and recreational facilities are a part of a community’s infrastructure, so are publicly owned trees. Trees — and, collectively, the urban forest — are important assets that require care and maintenance the same as other public property. Trees are on the job 24 hours every day working for all of us to improve our environment and quality of life. We encourage the public to take an interest in their street and park trees, and we welcome citizen input. Homeowners are requested to assist in the watering of newly planted trees, to watch for vandalism, and to be informed about the inadvertent damage that can be caused to young trees from lawn mowers and weed whips.
Parks and Environmental Services is responsible for the overall health of the urban forests within the District-owned properties, and their impact on the safety of the residents. Hazardous trees are identified by inspections and residential complaints. Residential complaints are investigated to determine priority, followed by the removal that is handled by contracted professionals. Wood remaining from the removal of a hazardous tree may be left for the neighborhood residents to use. If you have identified a hazardous tree situation and feel that it should be investigated contact Parks and Environmental Services at the District of Sooke to make the appropriate arrangements.
District of Sooke
Ph: 250 642 1634