Many properties in Coquitlam that include a greenbelt or natural area as part of their yard are also adjacent to a steep slope or a stream. The trees on the land, are likely within the Streamside Protection and Enhancement Area (SPEA) or on a ‘steep slope’, both of which restrict the removal of trees and vegetation in order to protect the aquatic and terrestrial organisms that live there, or to maintain slope stability.
Trees adjacent to a creek or stream are an invaluable source of food, protection, and habitat for these organisms. The province of BC and City of Coquitlam must first agree that trees pose a hazard to people or property before their removal can be permitted.
Trees and their root systems growing on a steep slope can be integral to the stability of the slope. Unless the trees is deemed hazardous by an ISA certified arborist, these trees cannot be removed.