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The City is committed to growing, sustaining, maintaining, preserving and protecting our urban forest.

Edmonton’s Urban Forest

As Edmontonians, we value and understand the importance of the city’s urban forest. Edmonton’s trees provide many environmental, ecological, economic, and social benefits. These include sequestering greenhouse gases, reducing damage from stormwater, providing wildlife habitat, reducing costs for winter heating and summer cooling, and promoting a self of well-being and positive mental health! With careful stewardship, these benefits can continue for generations, appreciating over time.

Plan, Policy and Procedure

The City is committed to growing, sustaining, maintaining, preserving, and protecting our urban forest. To ensure these goals are met, the City has developed guiding policies and procedures:

Trees and Construction

Are you planning any construction or demolition work? Does this work require laydown sites or site access within 5 meters of any City-owned trees or 10 metres within a natural area?

If you are coordinating any activities on or off City property that may have an impact on City trees, visit Trees and Construction to take the steps required to preserve and protect City trees. 

Proposed Public Tree Bylaw

The City recognizes the need to preserve and protect our urban forest and has been working on developing a potential bylaw for preventing damage or loss to City trees. As part of this project, the City conducted extensive public and stakeholder engagement as well as a jurisdictional scan of tree protection measures in other North American municipalities.

The findings are available in these reports:

What We Heard Report

Jurisdictional Scan Report

These findings, along with the proposed bylaw draft, will be presented for Council consideration in spring 2021. More updates to follow.

Tips on caring for your trees - planting, watering, pruning, and controlling pests and disease.
The City offers several programs to promote participation in our forestry assets.
Did you know trees have to be protected during construction? Learn how.

The City manages several programs to ensure the preservation and protection of our Urban Forest.

Urban Forestry Spotlight - Emerald Awards

Protecting Edmonton’s Urban Forest During Neighbourhood Renewal

The City’s Community Forestry team was recently nominated for an Emerald Award, which showcases and recognizes environmental achievements throughout Alberta.

Edmonton’s Neighbourhood Renewal program is a long term approach to replacing and upgrading urban infrastructure within individual neighbourhoods in a focused, integrated process. Upgrades include underground drainage, streetlights, curb/sidewalk replacement, and road reconstruction, all within the same construction season.

While this process provides certain efficiencies, it is extremely stressful on adjacent trees, particularly mature trees providing the greatest environmental benefits. Intensive construction near trees can cause long-term health effects to trees, including death. The City of Edmonton’s Urban Forestry team has developed a comprehensive approach to preserve and protect trees from the impacts of these construction activities.

Emerald Award Nominees

For More Information

Forestry, Beautification and Environmental Management

Telephone  In Edmonton: 311
Outside Edmonton:  780-442-5311




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