Urban Forest Master Plan

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The City of Burlington is seeking community input to help develop an Urban Forest Master Plan (UFMP). The Urban Forest Master Plan will update and replace the Urban Forest Management Plan created in 2010. The new Master Plan will provide the strategic direction to manage the urban forest in response to new challenges related to urban development, climate change and extreme weather, and invasive pests. Specifically, the UFMP will provide:

Baseline information on the current state of Burlington’s urban forest

A long- term vision for the urban forest

Updated goals, recommendations, and targets

Operational

The City of Burlington is seeking community input to help develop an Urban Forest Master Plan (UFMP). The Urban Forest Master Plan will update and replace the Urban Forest Management Plan created in 2010. The new Master Plan will provide the strategic direction to manage the urban forest in response to new challenges related to urban development, climate change and extreme weather, and invasive pests. Specifically, the UFMP will provide:

Baseline information on the current state of Burlington’s urban forest

A long- term vision for the urban forest

Updated goals, recommendations, and targets

Operational plans to guide implementation

Visit this page between June 8 to June 29 to provide your input. Please subscribe to this project page to stay up-to-date.

  • We appreciate your input!

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    Between May 30 and June 29, 2022, more than 1,200 people visited the Burlington’s Urban Forest Master Plan project page on Get Involved Burlington. Through the engagement tools posted to the project page, Burlington residents identified 50 locations where they either particularly value or otherwise want to improve the urban forest. In addition, 465 people responded to the public survey. Through your responses, we have learned that most would like to live on a street with regularly spaced, large trees. This is despite few respondents currently living on such a street. In addition, more than 80% of respondents want canopy cover to increase in Burlington and would be willing to pay at least a little more in taxes to support those efforts.

    The State of the Urban Forest report provides you with more information about the current state of Burlington’s urban forest. Our project team will prepare an engagement summary and use it to inform the drafting of Burlington’s Urban Forest Master Plan. Stay tuned for more opportunities to provide input on the draft Master Plan in the winter of 2022/2023! We will also offer opportunities to provide input on the City’s Woodlot Management Strategy this coming fall.

  • Urban Forest Master Plan Information Meeting now available to view

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    The June 8 recording of the PIC meeting and Q & A are now available. It can also be found on this page in the document library. To enable the closed captioning, hover over the video and select the CC icon.


  • View the interactive Urban Forest Story Map

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    Visit the interactive Urban Forest Story Map: View data, graphics, and maps that highlight the current state of Burlington’s urban forest.

    Don't forget to complete the survey to help shape the urban forest vision and strategic directions for the Urban Forest Master Plan

  • Opportunities for public input are now available!

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    Take the Burlington Urban Forest Master Plan survey to help shape the urban forest vision and strategic directions for the Urban Forest Master Plan. The survey is approximately 15 minutes in length, and we will be open until June 29, 2022.

    Submit places in Burlington where you value the urban forest and places where you would like to see it improved along with a photo of the location. Find out what other people think by clicking the points on the map. We will be collecting your urban forest locations until June 29, 2022.

    Attend the first online public information centre on June 8th, 2022 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. to learn more about Burlington’s state of the urban forest and ask questions about the Burlington Urban Forest Master Plan. The public information centre is hosted via Zoom and pre-registration is required.

    Visit the interactive Urban Forest Story Map: View data, graphics, and maps that highlight the current state of Burlington’s urban forest

  • Public Engagement on the Burlington Urban Forest Master Plan

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    Public engagement for the Burlington Urban Forest Master Plan will begin on June 8, 2022. Engagement objectives for this project are to:

    • Inform the public about the status of the urban forest, the many benefits the urban forest gives to the community, and the current challenges and opportunities for urban forest management.
    • Involve the community in developing a long-term vision for the urban forest and goals for its management.
    • Consult the community to find opportunities to preserve and protect, grow, and improve the health of our urban forest.

    We want to hear from you! Visit this page between June 8 to June 29 to provide your input. Save the date to attend our virtual public information centre on June 8 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. to learn more about the state of Burlington’s urban forest.


Page last updated: 11 Nov 2022, 09:32 AM