I was heartbroken to discover that two stately Saskatoon berry trees had been cut on Crown land in my neighbourhood.
These food-bearing trees were over 30 years old and provided my family with jam and syrup. That someone would cut these trees down as some sort of fire-smart measure makes no sense as, despite the dryness we have experienced in the last five years, the leaves on these trees always remained green and vibrant due to deep taproots.
If this was some misguided attempt to dissuade bears from the area, by removing a natural food-source, bears will be even more eager to raid our gardens and garbage bins.
More information on the value of the Saskatoon Berry can be found at vinodpermacultureblog.wordpress.com/sustainable-living/plant-species-assignment/. As you can see from the attached photo, the berries were plump due to recent rains. It would have been a fine harvest.
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