Street and Park Tree Replacement Program
The City of Edmonton currently replants more than 3,000 ball and burlap trees annually, along streets and in parks. As trees die and are removed, the City endeavors to replant each tree within 3 years.
In some cases, it isn't possible to replant a tree at the location where one was removed. Alternate locations are selected to plant the tree so that inventory numbers and total canopy cover are not lost.
The City’s Old Man Creek Nursery is currently engaged in trials to test and develop new tree species to increase the diversity of the urban forest.
Efforts to continue to increase the diversity of the urban forest are critical to reducing the impact of diseases and other forest pests that thrive in single tree species environments. Planting more diverse tree species as replacements is our strategy to create a healthy and sustainable Urban Forest.
As we continue to move towards the goal of 20% canopy cover, we plant in parks and open spaces as well as replacing trees removed due to natural mortality and other occurrences.
Root For Trees
Root for Trees an enhanced tree planting program, works to preserve and expand Edmonton’s urban forest through partnerships with corporations, community groups, and individual residents. Edmontonians are invited to participate in tree-planting events where they are provided with all the materials required for an exciting and educational day in nature.
Volunteer groups involved in planting events create and enhance the vegetation cover throughout parks, along roadways, and in established tree stands. At each event, Root for Trees facilitators promote interactive and environmental awareness-oriented activities by providing expertise on natural topics, promoting the growth of the urban forest, and involving volunteers in many hands-on learning experiences.
With the annual goal of planting 45,000 trees and shrubs exceeded each year, Root for Trees continues to work towards doubling the size of Edmonton’s total urban forest.