Urban Forest

Trees are an integral part of the community’s biodiversity, enhancing neighbourhoods and creating vibrant, livable and sustainable communities.

Victoria’s urban forest is a diverse landscape comprised of a variety of tree species, shrubs, groundcover and the vital living ecosystems of the soils in which they grow.  

There are approximately 150,000 trees which populate our parks, natural areas, boulevards, residential gardens and backyards. Roughly one quarter of the urban forest inventory is managed by the City, while the remaining 75% consists of trees on private and other public land.

Benefits of the Urban Forest 

The City’s Urban Forest Master Plan identifies 26 recommended actions for the improved management of trees on public and private lands over the next 50 years. Click on the image to enlarge it. 

 

image by Diamond Head Consulting

 Priority Actions for 2020-2021:

  • Citizen Stewardship
    The support and active participation of citizens is crucial to the long-term sustainability of the urban forest. In 2020, the City is participating in the UN Trees in Cities Challenge to plant 5,000 trees. Join us and become a tree-champion with the Trees in Cities Challenge 2020.
  • Tree Protection
    In November 2019, City Council adopted amendments to the Tree Preservation Bylaw aimed at protecting and enhancing the urban forest. A second phase of this project will conclude in mid-2020. Learn more about the Tree Preservation Bylaw.
  • Tree Management
    Long-term viability of the urban forest requires consistent attention and support by professional arboriculture staff.  The City’s tree management program is focused on the full life cycle of each tree, and efforts to maximize species and age diversity, adapt to our changing climate, minimize maintenance costs, and to take advantage of the benefits of green infrastructure.

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