Trees are one of our most vital natural resources, and The City is committed to protecting and caring for all trees growing on City property.
Urban Forest Tree Preservation Survey Findings
The City of Calgary recently engaged Calgarians to better understand how they view their urban forest and potential initiatives to encourage its preservation. The research results illustrate the need for a deeper analysis of the health and distribution of our urban forest and to investigate further opportunities to enhance it. A summary of urban forest initiatives, along with an overview of the current poplar tree lifecycle situation, is scheduled to be presented to the Standing Policy Committee on Community and Protective Services committee in spring 2012.
About our trees and urban forests
Calgary's urban forests are critical to preserving and protecting the natural environment and, in particular, helping to improve the air quality in the city. Our urban forests include all trees and understory vegetation found in and on parks, river valleys, streets and roadways, as well as trees growing on private lands. A variety of tree species are suitable for Calgary's environment.
There are over 445,000 trees in Calgary's groomed parks and boulevards, 40% of which are street trees, all with a value of over $335 million. The value of individual trees ranges from $300 to over $30,000. There are several million more trees in our natural areas - Weaselhead Flats alone has 3 million trees.
Protecting our urban forests
A healthy, viable urban forest in Calgary's parks and other public open spaces is supported through a number of processes, including:
Need more information?
Read more in the Landscape Development Specifications for Trees, Shrubs and Groundcover or the Parks Urban Forest Strategic Plan. Get in touch with the Parks Urban Forestry section at 3-1-1 or 403-268-CITY(2489) if calling from outside Calgary for requests such as: