City Launches 'Woodpecker Program' for Tree Conservation
In collaboration with Friends of Daan Forest Park Foundation and Treegarden, Parks and Street Lights Office (PSLO) has kicked off the “Woodpecker Program” on September 5. The program, through partnership between the public and private sectors, aims to establish a health monitoring network for the City’s trees.According to PSLO, the agency is responsible for taking care of approximately 170,000 trees across the City’s parks, greens, plazas, and roads. The task requires fast and accurate assessment of the health of ailing trees. While providing residents with a cool and cozy living environment, trees can become a threat to human lives and properties when falling or having limbs broken due to environmental factors. In light of this, PSLO has been placing great emphasis on the diagnosis and treatment for trees over the years by incorporating professional assistance. The Woodpecker Program this year, for example, will involve arborists teaching participants about the right methods of tree pruning as well as imparting knowledge regarding tree protection and conservation. Those who have completed training and passed exams for the program will receive a certificate and become a member of the City’s tree protectors. Two more sessions of the Woodpecker Program will take place on October 26 and November 18. To register, visit https://goo.gl/zey28S (Chinese).