In September 2014, a late-summer snow storm impacted Calgary’s urban forest. Of the 227 communities in Calgary, 148 with mature canopies were particularly impacted by the snow.
It is estimated that 50 per cent of the 500,000 public trees and 1.5 million private trees have been impacted. Recovering from this storm will require us as a city and a community to look after our trees.
Out of this disaster, The City created the ReTree YYC program to work on the recovery and restoration of the urban forest.
The ReTree Community project is part of the overall ReTree YYC Initiative, aimed at helping communities recover from the snow disaster. 25 communities have been selected this year:
West Hillhurst, Kelvin Grove, Brentwood, Douglasdale/Douglas Glen, Rosscarrock, Charleswood, Aurburn Bay, Westgate, Collingwood, Deer Run, Strathcona Park, Cambrian Heights, Deer Ridge, Christie Park, Winston Heights/ Mountainview, Queensland, Aspen Woods, Mayland Heights, Mindapore, Kincora, Marlborough, Canyon Meadows, MacEwan Glen, Temple, Saddleridge
Our goal is to plant more trees in these communities this year, to help increase the urban canopy and create a resilient and healthy urban forest for all of Calgary.
We want YOU to get involved by giving feedback on the types and locations of trees we’ll plant in your neighbourhood, and in long-term planning towards the character of your community’s urban forest.
As part of our engagement in your neighbourhood, Calgary Parks will also be offering educational opportunities to help you learn more about what you can do to help our trees!