Calgary’s Urban Forest
Would you like to see more green on your street? Trees are always a great addition to your community – they help purify the air, add aesthetic appeal and provide valuable shade and protection. The City will match up to 50 per cent of the cost of new trees, including planting and maintenance, on public property in your residential neighbourhoods. Beautify your street and help to build Calgary’s urban forest. Approved applicants will choose the location and tree species, and the City will take care of the rest! The deadline for applications is July 31 each year. Sign up now as applications are prioritized on a first-come, first-serve basis. To learn more about the Planting Incentive Program, including the application form and list of tree species, go to calgary.ca, Planting Incentive Program. Please call 311 for application information or submit an online service request directly to Parks.
Are you more of a hands-on type? Plant a tree in your community. The NeighbourWoods program is a tree planting initiative developed to replenish, grow and preserve our urban forest. Each year, a list of Calgary communities are identified based on factors such as the health and condition of the existing urban forest, community interest and tree planting opportunities. Has your community been identified for 2015? Become a Residential Tree Steward and sponsor new trees on your street. As a Residential Tree Steward, you have the opportunity to plant the tree and select the tree species. Communities are encouraged to plant 100 trees; site preparation and trees are provided. For more information visit calgary.ca, NeighbourWoods.
The 2014 Calgary Tree Disaster damaged more than half a million trees, which is 50 per cent of Calgary’s public tree canopy. Emergency Response and Recovery phases of the tree disaster are complete, and the Restoration phase is underway with priorities to remove and replant damaged trees from spring 2015 to fall 2016. Have a say in determining where street trees will be planted by participating in public engagement opportunities. You can also attend a Community Tree Resource Fair to get information, pick up some free mulch, and watch demonstrations of how to care for your damaged trees after the September 2014 snowstorm. Please visit calgary.ca, 2014 Calgary Tree Disaster for more information.
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