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Directory of the Urban Forestry Websites of Canadian Civic Governments

Alberta

Calgary - Parks: Planting trees provides many environmental, public health, welfare and socio-economic benefits to communities including: improvement of air quality by removing gaseous pollutants and dust particles, absorption of carbon monoxide, climate moderation, energy conservation, storm water retention, wildlife habitats, aesthetic value, .....

Edmonton - Trees and Urban Forestry: As Edmontonians we value and understand the importance of the city’s urban forest. Not only do trees create beautiful scenery, they also provide environmental and economic benefits such as reduced air and noise pollution, conserving energy and reducing energy bills.

Grand Prairie - City Parks & Boulevards: An urban forest is the sum of all vegetation and green spaces within a community that provide benefits vital to enriching the quality of life of its occupants. Our Urban Forest is the green "fabric" that runs throughout our city and ties all its indiviual parts together into a whole living system.

Lethbridge

Medicine Hat - Parks and Recreation Department: developing and maintaining a diverse urban landscape to the highest possible standards, using the most effective and efficient means possible, with a focus on sound environmental practices

Red Deer - Parks and Trails: Our beautiful parks and natural green spaces are well-known throughout Alberta. Our parks invite both quiet retreats and action-packed getaways.

British Columbia

Abbotsford has measures in place to ensure that all trees are healthy and viable and contribute positively to the natural environment. Trees are important in our community to help us sustain a healthy, natural environment.

Burnaby - Urban Forest and Invasive Species Management: The City of Burnaby has preserved nearly 25% of its land base as park and protected areas, much of which is forested. Trees are protected, planted and managed on public and private lands through a number of policies and initiatives.

Coquitlam - Parks and Recreation: Coquitlam's urban forest is all around you. The urban forest is an important component of the entire ecological system. It includes the soil, air, water, birds, animals, vegetation, people and their inter-relationships.

Courtenay - Tree Management: Our Tree Bylaw manages and protects trees in the City of Courtenay. Garry Oak trees and Dogwood trees are protected throughout the City. If you have Garry Oaks or Dogwoods on your property, we will assist you in finding ways to preserve the trees, while respecting your

Kamloops - Urban Forestry: To manage our urban forest in a healthy, safe, and sustainable state, which maintains our original forest legacy, manages risk, and increases the canopy coverage for shade, stormwater retention and property value.

Kelowna - Urban Trees and Wildlife: An overview of trees and forest ecosystems on city-owned properties such as parks, municipal boulevards and natural areas.

Nanaimo contains a significant urban forest that is an important part of our local heritage and setting. In a lot of ways, it help define many of our neighhourhoods in the City. The urban forest includes all of the trees and ground vegetation found throughout the City on both private and public land.

Prince George Our Urban Forest: Prince George Community Forest, urban forest management, tree replanting program, urban wildland interface fire plan, with links to the Parks webpage.

Richmond - Partners for Beautification: Adopt-a-Tree. Under this program, adoptive groups would agree to undertake tree-planting activities within clearly defined guidelines established by the City.

Surrey - Green Timbers Urban Forest: Green Timbers Heritage Society came into being in 1987 to develop and encourage public knowledge and awareness of forests in urban areas. We are acting as stewards for Green Timbers forest of Surrey preserving and enhancing its natural values. In

Vancouver - Vancouver Park Board staff are responsible for the care and maintenance of all public trees. Our dedicated arborists grow trees at Vancouver's own tree farm and plant thousands of new trees each year. Staff systematically inspect and prune both park and street trees, and responds to thousands of service requests annually.

Vernon - Tree Maintenance: Trees located on city boulevards are the responsibility of the City. Each year the City conducts a formal inspection of all boulevard trees and this inspection generates a list of pruning, removal, and planting.

Victoria - Urban Forest Master Plan: Developed in consultation with the community, the City of Victoria's new Urban Forest Master Plan provides a “road map” to help guide the City and its residents to invest in and maintain their urban forest for the future

Manitoba

Brandon - Dutch Elm Disease Management in Brandon: Dutch Elm Disease is managed jointly between the Province and the City of Brandon. This program has been very successful in limiting the loss of elm trees in our community from this deadly disease.

Winnipeg - The Urban Forestry Services Branch is responsible for all aspects of modern 'urban forestry'. Includes tree inventories, tree planting, watering and fertilizing, pruning, D.E.D. control, removal operations, public relations and education, extension services, group workshops, on-site inspections and contract administration.

New Brunswick

Fredricton - Our Valuable Trees: Fredericton regards the importance of its urban forest as second to none and an extremely valuable resource. The many trees and green spaces contribute to the health and the wellbeing for all who live, work and play in the Capital City.

Newfoundland and Labrador

St. John's - The Park Services Division is responsible for the maintenance of the St. John's Urban Forest which includes the maintenance, protection, removal and planting of trees on public property as well as the maintenance of private

Nova Scotia

Halifax Regional Municipality - Urban Forest Master Plan. When completed and approved by Regional Council, the HRM Urban Forest Master Plan (UFMP) will be a strategic policy document that will help manage the urban forest in Halifax Regional Municipality over the next 25 years.

Ontario

Brantford Welcome to the Urban Forest! Most people don't think of themselves as living in a forest, but there's a good chance that if you look out your window right now you can see a tree. At the landscape level each tree in Brantford contributes to an urban forest that is intermingled with the streets and buildings that make up the city.

Burlington - Burlington's urban forests cover more than 3,800 hectares. The City's varying topography encourages different tree species, ages and sizes. Some of the wooded areas are protected or designated environmentally sensitive while others are located within the provincial greenbelt.

Hamilton - The Forestry Section has stewardship of hundreds of thousands of municipal trees across the city. We care for, trim and maintain more than 120,000 trees located in parks, open spaces and cemeteries. In addition, our foresters maintain over 300,000 street trees located within the road allowance of the 3,088 kilometres of City roads.

Kawartha Lakes - The City of Kawartha Lakes is home to over 9,700 acres of natural woodland, which offers multiple leisure opportunities for its community residents. Urban forestry includes the planting of new trees, pruning of existing trees, removal of declining unsafe trees, stump removal and pest management.

Kitchener - Kitchener's natural spaces -- including our parks, trails and natural areas -- offer charming aesthetic beauty, and fascinating biological diversity -- greatly contributing to the quality of life we enjoy in our community.

London - The City of London's Forestry Group is responsible for managing the trees on public property, including parks and along streets. The overall goal is to plant, maintain and remove trees to support and improve the urban tree canopy that delivers a wide range of economic, ecological and social benefits.

Markham - The Urban Forestry Section of the Park Department is responsible for the planting, care, pruning and removal of all trees on Town of Markham property. These include street trees (trees in the Town maintained boulevards) as well as

Mississauga - Mississauga's Urban Forestry Section is responsible for the inspections and maintenance operations of all City trees that include street tree planting, pruning and removals, management of woodlands, the Private Tree By-Law, Public Utilities issues relating to trees and Boulevard Maintenance and nuisance weed inspections.

Oakville - All trees located throughout the Town of Oakville make up the "urban forest." Municipal trees contribute to an important part of Oakville's urban landscape while providing a wide variety of social, community, economic and environmental benefits.

Oshawa was recognized in the 1999 and 2001 Communities in Bloom Program for our Forestry and Environmental Stewardship Programs that includes over 25,000 urban and rural street trees and over 350 acres of open space and wood lots. Maintaining a healthy, sustainable, urban forest is very important for the health and beautification of our City.

Ottawa - Woodlands, wildlife habitats, parks, rivers and streams - all of these natural areas serve to ease the tensions of everyday urban living. And the City of Ottawa manages and preserves our natural areas to ensure that these spaces are protected for our enjoyment today and for the enjoyment of our children, tomorrow.

Richmond Hill - The Urban Forestry Section of the Parks, Recreation and Culture Department is responsible for the protection, planting, maintenance and removal of trees deemed to be on Town lands. The Urban Forest in the Town of Richmond Hill encompasses an area where there is human influence on trees and vegetation.

Thunder Bay - Urban forestry is the sustained planning, planting, protection, maintenance, and care of trees, forests, greenspace and related resources in and around our communities. Trees are green infrastructure.

Toronto -A major responsibility of Urban Forestry Services is the maintenance of City owned trees, particularly trees that grow on the City road allowance and in parks. Urban Forestry Services is responsible for maintaining approximately 500,000 City owned street trees and 2.5 million trees in parks, ravines and natural areas.

Waterloo - The Forestry Division is responsible for managing the trees on City property, including all environmental areas and parks, trails, and along the streets. Our goal is to plant, maintain and remove trees to support and improve the urban tree canopy which delivers a wide range of economic, ecological and social benefits to all residents.

Windsor - Parks and Recreation is responsible for the care and maintenance of the urban forest with 60,000 trees on streets and an additional 35,000 trees in parks and public spaces. Our mission is to provide safe and clean parks and play spaces for people living in and visiting our community.

Quebec

Montreal Botanic Garden - With its collection of 22,000 plant species and cultivars, 10 exhibition greenhouses, some thirty thematic gardens, and teams of researchers and activities staff, the Montréal Botanical Garden ranks as one of the world's largest and most spectacular botanical gardens.

Pointe-Claire - Parks and Horticulture Division - Public Works Department: maintains and ensures the quality of improvements related to parks, playground equipment and green spaces. The Division also offers arboriculture and horticulture related services on the City's territory which contributes to the improvement of the quality of life for the citizens.

Prince Edward Island

Charlottetown - The City of Charlottetown recognized the importance of a healthy environment for the betterment of residents and merchants of Charlottetown, and has set one of their goals to better focus on Beautification and Forestry.

Saskatchewan

Moose Jaw - The Saskatchewan Urban Forest Diversification Program was launched in 2000 to help replace some of the elm trees lost to Dutch Elm Disease and to diversify the tree species in the province's urban and rural forests.

Regina was established on a treeless grass prairie. Today, our urban forest creates a lush green canopy for all to enjoy. It is everyone's responsibility to take care of our urban forest so future generations can enjoy trees as we do today.

Saskatoon - Trees play a significant role in our quality of life and provide a positive effect by beautifying our city for residents and tourists to enjoy. All trees that grow in Saskatoon are part of the urban forest including trees on both private and public property.

Weyburn - Urban Forestry / Pruning Program: The Parks Department is responsible for the management of Weyburn's urban forest which includes all city-owned tree located in parks and green spaces, along boulevards and residential streets, and on the grounds of various city-owned facilities.

Yukon Territory

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