Urban trees are an increasingly important City asset. They provide environmental, ecological, economic, and social benefits to Edmontonians by purifying the air we breathe, contributing to urban biodiversity, providing wildlife habitat, beautifying our community, absorbing greenhouse gas emissions and providing a sense of well-being.
The City of Edmonton conducted public engagement in 2019-2020 to hear from Edmontonians on how we should manage, preserve and protect the City's urban forest. The feedback was gathered through a series of public drop-in sessions, online survey and stakeholder workshops, and focused on the Corporate Tree Management Policy.
This policy ensures that the urban forest is sustainable, maintained, protected and preserved. It also ensures there are means of acquiring trees and growing the urban forest.
In the fall of 2019, public and stakeholders were asked to review, and suggest updates to the Corporate Tree Management Policy, with a special focus on natural areas. Please see the What We Heard (7MB) report for more details.
Note: The updated Policy was scheduled to be presented to Council in March 2020 but all Council meetings have been suspended at the moment due to the COVID-19 situation.
Public Tree Bylaw
The City of Edmonton is developing a public tree bylaw to reduce damage and loss to City-owned trees, as well as create an enforceable and effective mechanism for tree preservation and protection. This project is currently ongoing and results from the public and stakeholder engagement will be available in late summer of 2020.
Urban Forest Asset Management Plan
The City recognizes the need for a longer-term asset management plan to ensure a sustainable, resilient urban forest. This plan will include detailed financial information, staffing requirements, monitoring schedule and measurement techniques that meet the principles, objectives and strategies identified in the Urban Forest Management Plan.
This project is currently ongoing and results from the public and stakeholder engagement will be available in summer 2021.