What is the urban forest?

    Burlington’s urban forest includes all trees, forests, plants, soils, and ecosystem components within the city. Many types of trees make up the urban forest, including City street trees, park trees, and trees in natural woodlands as well as the trees on private land in urban and rural landscapes. Burlington’s trees are an important asset to the City and our community because of the many environmental, social, and economical services they provide. 

    Why is Burlington updating the 2010 Urban Forest Management Plan?

    The City’s 2010 Urban Forest Management Plan provides direction to improve tree health and diversity, minimize risks to the public, and encourage healthy, sustainable urban forests. The plan identified best management practices to transition the City’s urban forest management from reactive to proactive practices. 

    Since its adoption in 2010, challenges and best management practices have changed. The Updated Urban Forest Master Plan will update the vision, goals, and targets for urban forest management and address current challenges related to urban development, climate change and extreme weather, and invasive pests. Learn more about the 2010 plan and current urban forest management practices 

    How can I get more information about urban forestry in Burlington?

    The City’s Urban Forestry Section is responsible for the city’s ongoing operations and maintenance of municipally-owned trees, forest planning and health, and forest protection. Learn more about their work at getinvolvedburlington.ca/forestry.