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Urban Forest Strategic Plan

Urban Forest Management includes the efforts made by municipal, corporate (including all forms of local businesses) and private citizens in the study and management of the urban forestry. Policies, by-laws, and standards for tree planting and care; long and short term plans; inclusion of tree inventory; deployment of qualified/trained staff; plant health care and integrated pest management; heritage, memorial and commemorative trees; hardy species; variety; succession planting; suitability; planting and care of school grounds are all components of urban forest management. An urban forest strategic plan establishes the foundations for the application of best management practices that will benefit our community. 

The urban forest provides many benefits including social, cultural, economic, environmental and engineering benefits. Increasing attention to global warming and the need to address sustainability in our community focuses ever increasing attention to the importance of trees and the urban forest.

In 1988, the City established a Forestry Resource Management policy to provide direction to the practice of urban forest management. Since that time there have been numerous changes in the forestry management field, including greater public involvement and legislative amendments. 

The goal of the Urban Forest Strategic Plan is to review and update the 1988 policy and to begin the process of long term strategic planning.

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