Tree Planting on Public Property in LaSalle

Published May 5, 2022 - 2:26 pm
Last updated May 5, 2022 - 2:26 pm

The borough of LaSalle recognizes the importance of public trees in the community in order to green its territory and improve the canopy index. In the coming months, the borough plans to plant 600 trees on public property near some private homes.

Owners affected by the first phase of this planting program were notified in writing earlier this spring.

Public property

Did you know that the strip of land in front of each house is public property? This piece of land is used for the installation of public infrastructure such as streetlights, fire hydrants or green infrastructure such as street trees. The Borough of LaSalle considers street trees to be essential to quality of life in the neighbourhood and can choose

What are the benefits of having trees? 

Environmental benefits

  • Greater biodiversity: Choosing to plant a wide variety of different tree species is a first step in improving biological diversity in an urban environment. 
  • Better air quality: Trees also capture fine airborne particles, dust, volatile organic compounds and other harmful air pollutants.
  • Water retention: Trees capture rainwater and therefore reduce the amount of wastewater that needs to be treated in wastewater treatment plants.
  • Creation of cool islands: Trees are real natural air conditioners making it possible to lower the air temperature by 2-8 degrees Celsius.

Economic benefits 

  • Increase in property value: Mature trees can increase the financial value of a property by 18-20% in greener areas.
  • Savings: Properly planted trees can help significantly reduce costs related to heating in the winter and cooling in the summer.

 

Societal benefits 

  • Improved health: A growing body of research shows that living near urban green spaces can improve physical and mental health.
  • Stronger community spirit: Greening projects promote a sense of belonging and create ties between local people, public spaces and institutions.
  • Aesthetics: Trees are an architectural element in their own right. They define the boundaries of spaces as well as beautify streets and neighbourhoods.