Cape Breton looks to learn from Truro in controlling disease

Jason Malloy
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SYDNEY - Lessons learned in Truro might help another Nova Scotia municipality dealing with the Dutch elm disease.
"It's starting to rear its ugly head," said Tom Wilson, a councillor with the Cape Breton Regional Municipality.
The municipality has started cutting back limbs of some trees with discoloured leaves and taking others down that are in more advanced stages of the disease. CBRM staff is on a fact-finding mission as it prepares an issue paper to address the situation.
"I would never wish this on any community, losing their trees," Wilson said. "But the fact that Truro has gone through it ... we hope to use that information that you people have gathered and we hope it's going to benefit us down here."
Wilson represents District 9, which includes the downtown, one of the municipality's biggest subdivisions and the historic north end that is Sydney's historic conservation district. Wilson said quite a few trees came down there in the fall, including all the trees on one side of a city block.
"When people see that it's like you clear-cut the street right and the alarm bells go off," Wilson said. "They are stately trees, they're old trees and people love them. They provide a canopy that just enhances the streetscape,"
Concerned residents, who have contacted Wilson, want to see the municipality institute a planting program and something to save the existing trees.

Geographic location: Cape Breton, SYDNEY, Nova Scotia

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