We are continuously working to improve our urban forest throughout Penticton. Find out about our ongoing updates and efforts.
Elm seed bugs are not agricultural pests but can be a nuisance in high numbers because they enter homes and businesses. They emit unpleasant odours when crushed and their fecal droppings on structures such as doors and windows can be unsightly. They do not bite people.
Adults are 6.5 – 7 mm long, black and rusty red in colour with black triangle bordered by a rusty coloured rectangle on the back.
You can learn more about elm seed bugs by reading this information sheet from the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture.
Thank you to the approximately 50 volunteers who took part in the 2019 TD Tree Day on Oct. 20 at Three Mile Beach. We planted 300 trees and shrubs in the area, helping to build up the biodiversity of species in a sensitive area.
We look forward to more great progress next year at the 2020 event!
The goal of the Penticton Creek Restoration Project is to improve the creek’s condition for fish and wildlife habitat. We would like to thank the public for coming out to help with this worthwhile conservation project!
Enjoy the many benefits or trees – plant one in your yard today!
- Trees keep our air supply fresh by absorbing carbon dioxide and producing oxygen.
- In one year, an acre of trees can absorb as much carbon as is produced by a car driven up to 14,000 km.
- Trees lower air temperature by evaporating water in their leaves.
- The average tree in metropolitan area survives only about 8 years!
- A tree does not reach its most productive stage of carbon storage for about 10 years.
- Trees cut down noise pollution by acting as sound barriers.
- Tree roots stabilize the soil and prevent erosion.
- Trees improve water quality by slowing and filtering rainwater as well as protecting aquifers and watersheds.
- Trees provide protection from downward fall of rain, sleet, and hail as well as reduce storm run-off and the possibility of flooding,
- Trees provide food and shelter for wildlife.
- Trees located along streets act as a glare and reflection control.
- The death of one 70-year old tree would return over three tons of carbon to the atmosphere.