Notices of Tree Removal

Despite our best efforts, sometimes removing trees is unavoidable. To remove a tree at UBC you need an approved tree removal permit. UBC tree removal application processes are similar to the practices undertaken in municipalities.

The notices are in chronological order for the current year. Please see the Archive page for previous years.

May 2024 - TRIUMF 

One Big Leaf Maple (Acer macrophyllum) with a 45cm DBH, located West of the TRIUMF facility will be removed on May 30, 2024. The tree has been marked for removal due to its failure potential from being in a dead and rotting condition. No roads or sidewalks are to be closed during the duration of this work. 

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TRIUMF

May 2024 - Centre for Comparative Medicine  

One Western Red Cedar (Thuja plicata) with a 88cm DBH, located on the West side of the Centre of Comparative Medicine will be removed on May 20, 2024. The tree has been marked for removal due to its overall dead condition.

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CCM

May 2024 - Gage Apartments 

One Raywood ash (Fraxinus oxycarpa 'raywood') with a 19cm DBH, located on the North side of Gage Apartments will be removed on May 22, 2024. The tree has been marked for removal due to its failure potential from leaning at a 45 degree angle. Work will start after 9am and will take approximately 2 hours to complete. 

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Walter Gage

February 2024 - Willow Childcare Centre

One Alder tree (Alnus spp.) located in the play area of the Willow Childcare Centre will be removed on February 27, 2024. The tree has been marked for removal due to its overall dead condition that has resulted in several branch failures. The play area will be closed for the duration of the work. 

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WCC Removal

February 2024 - Chan Centre 

One Korean White Pine (Pinus koraiensis) with a 30cm DBH, located on the South side of the Chan Centre will be removed February 26, 2024. The tree requires removal due to its overall dead condition. The section of sidewalk in front of the tree will be closed for the duration of the work (approximately 3-4 hours).

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CC Removal

February 2024 - Health Sciences Parkade 

Two Western Hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla) with a 35cm DBH, located on the East side of Health Science Parkade will be removed on February 20-21, 2024. The trees require removal due to their overall dead condition. The sidewalk adjacent to the tree will be closed for the duration of the work, an approximate 6 hours each day. 

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HSP Removal

February 2024 - Tennis Centre

One Hawthorn (Crataegus sp) with a DBH of 37cm, located on the South side of the Tennis Centre will be removed on February 12, 2024. Recent weather events have comprised the trees structural integrity and will pose a threat to pedestrians if the tree remains in its current state. No walkways or roadways will be impacted during the expected 3 hour removal. 

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Tennis Centre Removal

February 2024 - Ponderosa F 

One Pacific Dogwood (Cornus nuttallii) with a DBH of 39cm, located South West of Ponderosa F will be removed on February 9, 2024. The tree requires removal due to its overall dead condition, believed to be caused by Dogwood leaf blight. The sidewalk and West-most exit will be closed during the duration of work. Staff will reroute pedestrians during the expected 3 hour removal. 

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Ponderosa Removal

February 2024 - Continuing Studies Building 

One Red Maple (Acer rubrum) with a DBH of 23cm, located on the South side of the Continuing Studies Building will be removed on February 8, 2024. The tree requires removal due to its overall dead condition. The sidewalk and South entrance to Continuing Studies Building will be blocked during work completion. The sidewalk along the North side of the West Parkade will also be blocked. Pedestrians will be rerouted by staff during the expected 2 hour removal. 

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CSB Removal

February 2024 - Museum of Anthropology 

Three Western Hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla) trees, located South East of the Museum of Anthropology main entrance have been marked for removal. The trees require removal due to their overall dead condition. Sidewalks and walkways will be closed for the duration of the work. Removal is currently scheduled for February 8, 2024 and will take approximately 5 hours. 

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MOA Removals

January 2024: Student Recreation Centre 

One Norway Maple (Acer platanoides) with a DBH of 49cm, located on the North side of the Student Recreation Centre will be removed on January 18, 2024. The tree requires removal due to it being in a overall dead condition due to fungal disease possibly related to construction activity in the area. The sidewalk and wheelchair ramp to the North of SRC will be closed for the duration of the work. Signage and staff will direct pedestrians to the North side of Student Union Boulevard. The work will approximately take 4 hours to complete. 

January 2024: UBC Hospital 

One Western Hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla) with a DBH of 23cm, located on the North side of the Keorner Pavilion will be removed on January 17, 2024. The tree requires removal due to it being in a overall dead condition related to drought. This work will not cause any disruption to the walkways and will take approximately 2 hours to be chipped and removed. 

December 2023: Continuing Studies Building 

One Red Maple (Acer rubrum) with a DBH of 23cm, located on the South side of the Continuing Studies Building will be removed on December 11, 2023. The tree requires removal due to it being in a overall dead condition. The work will cause the sidewalk, South entrance to the building, and sidewalk along the North side of the West parkade to be temporarily closed. Pedestrians will be rerouted to other entrances of the CSB. 

December 2023: Frederic Wood Theatre 

One Black Pine (Pinus nigra) located Southwest of Frederic Wood Theatre and North of the School of Music Building will be removed on Monday, December 4th. The tree, located above the music parking lot entrance, is in a overall dead condition with a falling risk. A replacement tree will be planted in a different location on campus. 

November 2023: Buchanan Courtyard 

One Cottonwood Tree (Populus deltoides) will be removed from the Buchanan Courtyard at the end of November. The tree has started to uproot and as a result has been marked for removal. Due to ongoing graduation ceremonies in the area, the tree will be limbed on November 21-22 to eliminate any hazard. The rest of the tree will be removed after the graduation tents have been removed from the courtyard. 

November 2023: Acadia Park

One Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) with a DBH of 76cm will be removed on December 4, 2023. This dead tree is located in the grove of trees bound by Melfa Rd, Melfa Ct and Acadia Park Ln. Removal will take approx. 6 hours and pedestrians will be routed around the work zone. 

November 2023: Agronomy Rd

One Tulip Tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) with a DBH of 29cm will be removed on November 5, 2023. This dead tree is located on the South side of Agronomy Rd, West of Thunderbird Crescent. Removal disruptions will take 2 hours while the sidewalk and East-bound lane of Agronomy will be closed for the duration of the work. Pedestrian traffic will be directed to the opposite side of the road.

November 2023: Stores Rd

One Red Maple (Acer rubrum) with a DBH of 49cm, located South of the Earth and Ocean Sciences building on Stores Rd has been marked for removal due to major limb failure. This removal is scheduled to take place on November 4, 2023. A portion of Stores Rd will be closed during removal. 

October 2023: Friedman and Woodward 

Two Columnar English Oak trees (Quercus robur 'fastigiata) located on the North side of the Woodward building, and on the South side of Friedman building have been marked for removal. Both trees are subject for removal due to their overall dead condition that could cause personal injury or property damage. Removal will take place over October 14-16th. 

October 2023: Acadia Park

 One Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) with a 76cm DBH will be removed from the grove of trees that is bound by Melfa Rd, Melfa Ct & Acadia Park Ln. The tree is subject for removal due to its overall dead condition. A removal date has not yet been yet. 

September 2023: Wesbrook Mall & Nurseries Rd. 

One Caucasian fir (Abies nordmanniana) will be removed from from the Wesbrook Mall roundabout at Nurseries Rd. The tree is subject for removal due to the possibility of failure which can cause personal injury or property damage. Removal is scheduled to take place on September 29, 2023.

September 2023: Melfa Lane

One Oak tree (Quercus sp) will be removed from West of 2516 Melfa Lane. The tree is subject for removal due to its overall dead and unstable condition. Work is scheduled to take place September 21st, 2023.

September 2023: JB Macdonald

One Red Maple Tree (Acer rubrum) will be removed from the South entrance of the JB Macdonald building. The tree is subject for removal due to its overall dead health. The work is scheduled to take place on September 14th, 2023. 

September 2023: Chemistry Building 

One Cypress Tree (Chamaecyparis sp.) will be removed from the South side of the Chemistry D building. This tree is subject for removal due to its overall dead health. The removal will take place over one day in early September with one door and pathway being blocked during the work. 

June 2023: Powerhouse Lane 

As part of the upcoming demolition of the powerhouse stack, one self seeded Western Hemlock Tree (Tsuga heterophylla) has been identified to be removed. With the removal of the stack and its foundation wall below ground, the tree will become a fall risk as it will have no anchor point.