At the median in Banff Avenue, many of the trees are in a state of decay and require replacement. Earlier this year, Urban Forest Management Plan made an assessment of the trees from Wolf Street to the exit of the town site and determined that most of the trees are in poor health and don’t have many years left in them. Replacement is going to be a priority for long term goals.
According to Andreas Loutas, the town’s urban forester, the poplar and Mayday trees along Banff Avenue are suffering from two different kinds of diseases – cytospora and diplodia tumefacians. The more aggressive of the two is cytospora which is a tree killer. It actually attacks the living tissues and starts to eat away at the tree. The second tree ailment that is also known as the corky bark disease is not immediately fatal to the tree but it can cause sufficient damage over the years making the tree risky for pedestrians and vehicles. Corky bark disease is like a tumor and creates lumpy and quirky masses on the trees. The tree can survive for a long time even with the disease but premature branch failure will be hazardous.
According to a 2008 UFMP document, the urban forest of Banff is estimated to cost approximately $57 million. Since 2008, the council has continuously directed resources towards the preservation of the Banff urban forest. 20 of the total urban forests have been assessed and treated and only one still requires attention. 90% of the dead trees that are still standing have been removed and these include the pine and spruce that have been afflicted with mountain pine beetle and spruce bark beetle epidemic. However, for every tree removed, another tree is replanted.
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