Urban Forests

Urban Forest Climate Adaptation Initiative

Urban forests are publicly and privately owned trees and supporting vegetation in the urban areas of the region. They are integral to our region’s urban ecology and livability. Urban forests are planted or retained by human design and include individual trees or groups of trees located in natural areas, parks, backyards, on street boulevards, and in commercial and industrial zones.

Urban forests provide habitat and food for biodiversity, shading and cooling for streets and buildings, capture carbon and absorb stormwater, and provide recreation and urban food foraging opportunities. They help our communities adapt to a changing climate.

Urban trees face challenging growing environments – proximity to traffic, poor soils, confined roots, and increasing impacts from our changing climate such as summer drought, more intense storms, and greater susceptibility to damage from insects and diseases. How do we plan for the future for Urban Forests? By making good choices today.

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