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Economic, environmental, and quality of life benefits of increasing naturalization in urban settings.

The City of Edmonton is committed to protecting and enhancing our land, air, water, and biodiversity through responsible parkland care practices that make economic and environmental sense.

Why Naturalize?

Benefits to planting native trees and shrubs, and stop mowing areas that are suitable for naturalization include:

Economic Benefits

  • Trees and shrubs capture rainwater, reducing stormwater runoff which will avoid overloading drainage systems and reducing the risk of flooding
  • Reduced maintenance costs - specifically, reduced mowing
  • Fruit bearing trees and shrubs add to the sustainability of local food production

Environmental Benefits

  • Native plants, birds and other wildlife populations are able to re-establish themselves
  • Native plants also provide essential food for the native pollinator species and birds
  • Plants reduce atmospheric greenhouse gasses, clean the air and maintain oxygen levels required to support life
  • Plants stabilize slopes along river banks, preventing erosion
  • Provide windbreaks for snow capture and dust reduction

Quality of Life Benefits

  • The landscape will become a source of beauty as naturalized park and roadway sites mature
  • Citizens can become involved in environmental programs
  • Increased green and shady areas for people to spend time in for walking, picnics, berry picking, and other outdoor activities
  • Spending time in forests and looking at trees increases relaxation and mental health
  • Noise levels are reduced as dense plantings mature

Emerald Documentary Series: Natural Asset Mapping

For More Information

311 Contact Centre


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

TTY 780-944-5555

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