The Recreation & Parks Department is busy preparing for the spring season. Our staff is beginning to prune trees, clean parks, and perform general preparation of the City's green spaces.
With this in mind, the Recreation & Parks Department would like to remind the public of the following items with regards to trees in Swift Current:
Elm Tree Ban from April 1 to August 31
Provincial legislation states that Elm trees must not be pruned between April 1 and August 31 each year. It is during this time that the Elm Bark Beetle is most active and highly attracted to fresh pruning or cuts. All citizens should also remember that it is illegal to store or transport elm firewood at any time. Elm wood should be disposed of at the City's landfill site, where it will be buried or undergo a controlled burn. Please follow these simple rules in order to keep your elm trees happy and healthy.
Tree Pruning and Removal
The Recreation & Parks Department would like to remind all homeowners and citizens that any tree on the front of a property could be a City Boulevard Tree. If homeowners are unsure about trees near their sidewalks, we encourage you to call the Recreation & Parks Department for verification. Please note that it is illegal to damage or remove city trees and this act can be subject to a fine. City Boulevard Trees can range from 3 to 15 feet in distance from sidewalks into properties.
If you would like to discuss any tree that may be the property of the City of Swift Current, or have questions about the elm tree ban, please contact the Recreation & Parks office at 778-2787.