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. 

September: Wesbrook Place BCR5/6

As part of the upcoming construction of faculty/staff housing on Lots BCR5 & BCR6, 28 trees will be removed that conflict with the building footprint. An additional 12 street trees, under 15 cm dbh, will also need to be removed to allow for upgrades to the road infrastructure. New trees will be planted at the completion of the project.

August 2022: School of Biomedical Engineering (SBME) 

Due to the need to access underground utilities for the construction of the School of Biomedical Engineering building, a Katsura tree (Cercidiphyllum japonicum) within the median of University Boulevard will be removed. A replacement tree will be provided as part of the project.

August 2022: Koerner Pavilion

One London plane (Platanus acerifolia) will be removed as the tree is almost dead from drought like conditions and it poses a danger to pedestrians and nearby road user at the Southeast corner of the Koerner pavilion. The tree will be removed and chipped for use at the university's south campus nursery.

 

August 2022: Museum of Anthropology Great Hall Renewal

One Western hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla) located north of the Great Hall of the Museum of Anthropology, will be removed due to conflict with excavations required for seismic upgrades to the Great Hall. The tree will be replaced by a Western redcedar or Douglas fir in the fall of 2023, after work for the renewal is complete. The tree will be brought to the university's south campus yard for chipping and reuse.

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Museum of Anthropology_Aug2022

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 2022: Health Sciences Parkade

A dead Norway maple (Acer platanoides), located on East Mall at the west side of the Health Sciences Parkade, has been identified as being dead and possessing a danger to pedestrians and other road users. The tree is to be removed and chipped for use at the university's south campus nursery.

 

July 2022: Recreation Centre North

As part of the tree management and removal plan approved with the Recreation Centre North Development permit (DP21004), 61 trees will be removed along Student Union Boulevard, north of the existing Life Building, to accommodate the new Recreation Centre North. Trees removed range in size from 4 to 63 cm diameter. The remaining trees will be fenced off and protected during construction.

At least 68 new trees will be planted as part of the new building landscape and public realm plans. Shrubs, perennials, and ground cover will also be planted.

To learn more about the project, visit: https://planning.ubc.ca/rec-north 

Recreation Centre North Tree Management Plan

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 2022: Northwest Marine Drive/Place Vanier

One Red Alder (Alnus rubra) is in danger of failing onto the roadway of NW Marine Drive, and may block the entire roadway. The tree will be carefully removed and chipped for use at the university's south campus nursery.

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Northwest Marine Drive_RedAlder

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 2022: Pacific Spirit Childcare

One Western redcedar (Thuja plicata), believed to be dead due to brown rot brought on by drought, and located to the northwest of the Pacific Spirit Childcare building (5580 Osoyoos Crescent) will be removed. The tree will be chipped at the university's south campus nursery, with logs left in situ for placement in the daycare yards.

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Pacific Spirit Daycare_Western redcedar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 2022: Continuing Studies Building

One dead Himalayan Birch (Betula utilis var. jaquemontii), damaged by the bronze birch borer insect, located to the southeast of the Continuing Studies Building will be removed. The tree will be chipped at the university's south campus nursery. One Pacific Dogwood (Cornus nuttalii) is planned as a replacement.

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Map_Continuing Studies Building_Himalayan Birch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 2022: Chan Centre for Performing Arts

One dead Japanese Zelkova (Zelkova Serrata), believed to be damaged by the 2021 summer heat dome, located to the northeast of the Chan Centre will be removed. The tree will be chipped at the university's south campus nursery. As the class tree for the graduating class of 2011, a replacement Japanese Zelkova will be planted as replacement in the fall.

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Chan Centre Class of 2011 Zelkova

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 2022: 2500 Block of Melfa Lane

One dead Grand fir (Abies grandis), likely damaged by poor soil conditions and root structure, will need to be removed at the 2500 block of Melfa Lane due to potential hazards to residents and pedestrians. The tree will be carefully removed, then chipped for use at the university's south campus nursery.

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2500 Block Melfa Lane Grand fir

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 2022: AMS Student Nest - Knoll

Located on the Knoll to the west of the AMS Student Nest, one Red maple (Acer rubrum) is to be removed as it is dying due to a fungal disease, likely arising from stress due to dry conditions. The tree will be replaced by one Yoshino Cherry (Prunus x yedoensis). 

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AMS Nest Knoll Maple

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 2022: Gateway Building

11 Katsura (Cercidiphyllum japonicum) are to be removed due to conflict with utility servicing work for the Gateway building. 4 trees in the median of University Boulevard and 1 street tree will be temporarily removed. 6 additional street trees will be removed and replaced within the redesigned building landscaping along University Boulevard.

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School of Biomedical Engineering_April2022

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 2022: School of Biomedical Engineering

Twelve trees located on the south side of University Boulevard are to be removed as part of the construction of the School of Biomedical Engineering building (SBME). The trees are in conflict with the building footprint. Trees to be removed: 5 x Pine (Pinus nigra), 4 x Cherry (Prunus x yedoensis), 1 x Oak (Quercus rubra), 1 x Tulip (Liriodendron tulipfera), 1 x Beech (Fagus sylvatica).

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School of Biomedical Engineering_April2022

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 2022: Museum of Anthropology

Two western hemlocks (Tsuga heterophylla) west of the main entrance to the Museum of Anthropology have died from drought conditions and were removed. The tree branches were chipped and used as mulch in the university's garden beds. Replacement western redcedars (Thuja plicata) will be planted in the vicinity in early fall. 

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Museum of Anthropology_Feb2022