Vancouver City Hall maps tree coverage in neighbourhoods
A view of False Creek from Burrard Bridge in Vancouver, British Columbia, Sunday March 3, 2013. (CARMINE MARINELLI/ 24 HOURS)
Vancouver City Hall has mapped out how much leafy vegetation is in each neighbourhood to examine its “urban forest” — with downtown looking surprisingly healthy thanks to its green West End compared to the barren eastern parts of the city.
Using 3D mapping technology, the city examined how much of its ground is covered by tree “canopy cover.” It found the leafiest part of town is West Point Grey, which has 28.9% of its ground covered by foliage.
This is followed by Dunbar Southlands — also to the western part of town — which has a similarly high number.
Strathcona scored the worst at 5.9%.
But to the southeast, in particular, Killarney is the only dense urban forest area, while other neighbourhoods only have about a 10th of their ground space covered by canopy.
The work was done in part for a push to make it more difficult for property owners to remove trees from their soil.
According to the city’s statistics, canopy cover across the municipality has declined to 18% last year from 22.5% in 1995.