Extreme weather events like June’s windstorm, and ice storms in April 2018 and December 2013, are likely to become more common as a result of climate change.
A popular native maple tree along urban streets, the silver maple is aptly named for the colour of its bark and the silvery underside of its leaves. With its delicate foliage and natural habitat of rich, moist soils, the silver maple is also commonly known as the soft maple, river maple, swamp maple and water maple.
This year has been a scorcher! With summer temperatures in Ontario rising to 30°C and feeling even hotter, we could all use the relief that shade provides.
Under threat of rain and thunderstorms, the LEAF Team got creative and pulled off our garden party, an annual celebration of those who have contributed their time and energy towards enhancing our urban forest! We had to make a few modifications due to the weather, which reminded us of how much we’ve learned about outdoor party planning these past few years.
Growing up in the heart of Toronto, I was lucky to be surrounded by trees. My neighborhood is now about 100 years old, and most of the trees in the area are at least half that age.