Each year, Dorval plants approximately one hundred trees along its streets and in its parks. Along the streets, only broad-leaved trees are planted.
The City has adopted a tree conservation and protection policy. As a rule, only trees that are dead, hazardous or cannot be treated may be destroyed. The decision to prune a tree on City property shall be taken by the Public Works Department, and only the Mayor can make the decision to cut down a tree. It is prohibited to damage, to trim or to cut any tree, bush or cultivated plant located along a public roadway, in a public green space or on a public land, including those located on the City's right of way.
On private property
New measures have been implemented to protect trees on private property. It is therefore forbidden to cut down a tree in the front yard of a property or on a vacant lot, unless particular conditions, such as the tree's health or the citizens' safety, allow us to do so. Furthermore, citizens will have to ensure the protection of trees surrounding the site of a new construction.
Anyone wishing to benefit from the planting program should request it before April. The City asks citizens to water newly-planted trees to help reduce maintenance cost. Planting a poplar, willow or silver maple is prohibited everywhere in Dorval. Planting a tree, at a distance of two meters (2 m) from a fire hydrant, a service entrance or a street lamp of public property is also prohibited.
Any tree located on a private property that presents a risk for public safety in part or in whole because of its bad condition will have to be cut, trimmed or removed within fifteen (15) days of the reception of an officer's notice. No work shall be undertaken by City staff on private property, except when a tree has fallen in the street.
Emerald Ash Borer
For more information on the emerald ash borer, the current situation, or to read about the regulations implemented by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to slow the spread of that insect, visit the website of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
Information: (514) 633-4046