Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Hamilton street trees dying needless deaths, resident says

Nicholas Schwetz often walks the same route from his home at Charlton and Locke to the Good Life Fitness in Jackson Square. And after doing it for a while, he started to notice the state of the city trees along the sidewalk.

Some of them are non-native species. Some have metal grates hugging the tree trunks, sometimes so close that the trunks grow into the grates. Other grates are broken and people have stuffed litter into the tree pits.

It's spring, a time when buds open and leaves unfurl. But some of the trees on downtown streets aren't growing leaves at all.

Schwetz knows trees. He's an ecologist with a degree in environmental resource studies and a diploma in ecosystem restoration.