Urban forest protection draft bylaw delayed again

By  Matthew Van Dongen

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A decade-long effort to better protect Hamilton’s urban forest has been put off again.

A draft bylaw to regulate cutting of “urban woodlands” was tabled Tuesday by the planning committee until next year.

The proposed new rules would require a permit to cut down trees in woodlots of half an acre or larger in the city, but not in rural areas. The bylaw differs from a tree-cutting bylaw for all private property that council shot down in 2009 after years of debate.

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