Victoria's Urban Forest Master Plan

Developed in consultation with the community, the City of Victoria's new Urban Forest Master Plan provides a “road map” to help guide the City and its residents to invest in and maintain their urban forest for the future.

The Plan sets out a vision, goals and strategy for the management of Victoria's urban forest for the next 50 years.

An urban forest includes all of a community's trees, shrubs and groundcover and the soils in which they grow. With approximately 150,000 trees in Victoria, the urban forest plays an important role in our community. 

In addition to their beauty, trees provide peaceful environments for citizens to enjoy. Trees protect people from the weather, provide privacy, buffer sounds, and create homes for wildlife. They also reduce energy bills by shading and cooling homes in summer. People often become personally attached to trees that they or loved ones have planted; and many trees are planted as living memorials.

Victoria's urban forest has significant economic value. Trees and shrubs help increase real estate values of homes and encourage customers to linger and shop at local businesses. Trees also reduce stormwater runoff and filter air and water pollutants. And, by shading roads and parking lots, well-placed trees increase the life of asphalt.

Victoria's trees also have a tremendous financial value. Each tree is estimated to be worth at least $2,000. This means the value of trees on City land is over $80 million, and much more when the value of trees on private lands is considered.

City Parks staff are currently reviewing the Urban Forest Master Plan's recommended actions to determine how best they can be incorporated in the short and long-term.