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.

June 4, 2020: Lot BCR 7/8: Evolve – Faculty & Staff Housing
 

Map showing tree removal area in Wesbrook Place neighbourhood
Red dotted line indicates the area where tree removals will take place.

Twenty-seven trees are being removed on two lots in preparation for residential development. Seventeen trees will be removed on BCR Lot 8 to permit construction of faculty staff housing approved late last year (DP19027) and ten trees will be removed on BCR Lot 7 for construction staging. Five trees will be temporarily removed and relocated.

Species: Seven Red Maple (A rubrum), Six Big  Leaf Maple (A macrophyllum), Four Golden Chain Tree (Laburnum x watereri), Four Field Maple (A campestre), one Pin Cherry (Prunus emarginata), one Cotoneaster spp., one Sitka Willow (Salix sitchensis), one Western Red Cedar (Thuja plicata), one Red Alder (A rubra) and one Black Cottonwood (Populus balsamifera ssp. trichocarpa) are to be removed on the two lots. A Certified Arborist examined the trees to be removed and they range in size from a diameter of 10 cm DBH to 205 cm DBH.

In accordance with federal Migratory Bird legislation, the affected area was recently surveyed for bird nesting activity by a Qualified Environmental Professional (QEP) and no nesting activity was identified. UBC has a replacement policy for tree removals, and will determine the quantities and locations of replacement trees.  

Mid-April 2020: Maple trees on Wesbrook Mall

Map showing the locations of tree removals on Wesbrook Mall

Two Norway Maple tree (A. platanoides) are being removed and three other trees - one Red Maple (A. rubrum), and two Norway Maples (A. platanoides) are being removed and relocated elsewhere along Wesbrook Mall.

A Certified Arborist examined the trees and the maple being removed has a diameter of 41cm DBH, while the trees being relocated range in size from 7 to 28cm DBH.

The tree removal and relocations are required to facilitate roadwork improvements including expansion of bike lanes and pedestrian sidewalks along Wesbrook Mall.

Tree removals and relocations will occur between mid-April and August 2020.

April 6, 2020: TEF 4 Retail and Office Building

Map of TEF 4 tree removal sites

Ten trees are being removed from the site to prepare for construction of TEF 4, a 13 storey retail and office building.  The trees being removed from the site including four Oak trees (Q. rubra), Two Red Alders (A. rubra), two Red Maple (A. rubrum), one Maple (A. pseudoplatanus) and one Big Leaf Maple (A. macrophyllum).

Two trees that are being removed will be relocated and replanted in another location on campus. Fourteen new trees will be planted as part of the landscape plan for the new building.

February 15, 2020: Wesbrook Mall and Agronomy Road

Tree removal map for Allard Hall

Six Zelkova serrata trees are being removed from the lawn area on the north side of the Peter A. Allard School of Law (Allard Hall). The trees are being removed in order to restore the visibility of the House Post depicting ‘qiyǝplenǝxʷ’ (Capilano). The removals are set to take place starting Saturday, February 15, 2020.

Why are the trees being removed?
The location of the ‘qiyǝplenǝxʷ’ (Capilano) House Post is intentional and significant to Musqueam, both in its symbolic relationship to the Allard School of Law, and in its overlook of the Salish Sea and visitors traveling along Chancellor Boulevard. The Capliano House Post, carved by Musqueam artist Brent Sparrow, was installed in 2012. The UBC graduation class trees were planted, many years prior to installation of the Post, to commemorate graduating classes. The effect of their growth on the visibility of the Post was not anticipated.

Through collaboration with Musqueam and Peter A. Allard School of Law, Campus and Community Planning has developed a plan to restore visibility of the Capilano House Post, provide interpretation of its significance, and universal access to a point for viewing the Post.

Six Pacific Dogwood trees (Cornus nuttallii) will be planted on the east edge of the lawn area to replace the trees that are being removed.

January 22, 2020: Wesbrook Mall and Agronomy Road

A Golden Rain tree is damaged and must be removed

One Golden Rain Tree (Laburnum anagyroides) was removed from the west side of Wesbrook Mall near Agronomy Road. 

A Certified Arborist determined that a branch of the tree had split apart on the main trunk and it should be removed as soon as possible for safety reasons. Removal of the tree started the week of January 20, 2020.