Stanley Park tree removal turns heads

By Angela Bower and Pippa Norman
CityNews Vancouver
December 17, 2023
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Thousands of trees in Vancouver’s Stanley Park are getting cut down, and the park’s new aesthetic is sparking some mixed emotions from parkgoers. The City of Vancouver says more than 160,000 trees are being cut down in Stanley Park due to a looper moth infestation. According to the city, roughly 25 per cent of trees in Stanley Park have been damaged by the looper moth and the majority of them are Western Hemlocks — the preferred food for the bug. Now that the felling has begun, the tree stumps in Vancouver’s Stanley Park are turning heads. “It’s sad to see the trees on the floor,” one parkgoer said. “This is one of the best things about this park. It’s losing the identity of the park.” “I did notice the trees cut here at Prospect Point and it’s not very enjoyable, to be honest,” another said. “It’s just emptiness.” [You may also want to see the YouTube video version of the story here]

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