More UBC trees get axed to make way for market housing

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By Jon Hernandez, CBC News Posted: Oct 19, 2017 10:30 PM PT Last Updated: Oct 19, 2017 11:23 PM PT

As quoted: “We’re worried that this is just another incremental step in the planned development that threatens to disturb the entire forested corridor,” said Mike Jerowsky, president of the Pacific Spirit Park Society.”

A 165-tree woodland is being cleared on the University of British Columbia’s Vancouver campus to make way for a new residential development.

A 14-storey high-rise, 5-storey mid-rise and townhomes will soon take the place of a forested area in the Wesbrook Place Neighbourhood.

It’s the latest in a string of tree clearings that have many groups questioning the university’s commitment to greenspace and natural beauty.

The university has issued a tree removal warning for a forested area in front of the UBC Farm to build the new market housing development. Members of the farm and conservation groups expressed concern that the development will threaten an ecological corridor connecting Pacific Spirit Park to a large woodland northeast of the farm.