March Newsletter

Dear Residents of Fort Richmond / University Heights Neighbourhood Association,

I hope that you have kept well during this difficult time.

While the Neighbourhood Association has been in partial hibernation, we have become active with the Trees Please Coalition. The Trees Please Coalition is a group of neighbourhood associations working together to get government officials at all levels, city, provincial and federal, to consider trees as infrastructure. The urban canopy and forests are not just decorative but an essential part of the environment, requiring not only planting but care and maintenance on an ongoing basis, as does all infrastructure, sewers, roads, bridges and so on. By being considered as infrastructure, cities could use government grants to maintain and diversify their urban forests. Please refer to this presentation for more detailed information on what the Trees Please Coalition is doing. Visit for more information.

Our Executive met in February, and most people are willing to continue in our positions despite not having an AGM election. We are tentatively planning to hold an AGM in September. Until then, there are positions on the Board that are available, and we would welcome new people to join us on an interim basis. Please let me know if you are interested in getting involved by emailing

    Until we can meet hopefully in September, stay warm and stay safe.

    Jacquie Field
    Chair – FRUHNA

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    Tree Banding - Help Control Cankerworms


    What is tree banding?

    Tree banding keeps the wingless adult female fall and spring cankerworms from laying their eggs in the crown of the tree. The bands are made from insulation and plastic and are covered in a sticky substance called Tree Tanglefoot. The adult cankerworm must climb the tree to lay eggs. They get stuck in the Tanglefoot when they cross the band. Please make sure to keep your band clean and free of debris as adult female cankerworms will crawl over the band if enough debris is present.

    Why tree band?

    If you band your trees before the adult, wingless female cankerworm moths lay their eggs, you will keep the larval cankerworms from eating your trees the following spring.

    When should I band my tree?

    To control the spring cankerworm, you must have your bands on the trees by March 15 and/or reapply on existing bands originally set up in September to control the fall cankerworm.
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