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Naturalization is an ecologically-based approach to landscape management used to transform highly-maintained land to a more natural condition.

For more than 20 years, Edmonton has been reverting sections of open space to a more natural state. Many of these areas are along arterial and collector roadways, around stormwater ponds and in low-use parkland. These areas are not part of the regular mowing cycle, and may contain trees, shrubs or wildflowers.

Edmonton's Open Data

This map shows naturalized sites that the City has been actively working in, although many of the roadway sites and some park sites underwent the first stage of naturalization in the early 1990s.

Open Data Naturalized Areas

A comprehensive data set of all Edmonton naturalized areas

Economic, environmental, and quality of life benefits are all reasons for naturalizing.
The City has a 3 stage naturalization process.
In May 2014 the University of Alberta, and City of Edmonton partnered in a research project on naturalized areas.
Why is a certain area being naturalized? Will there be more weeds?

Reclaim Wild

Naturalization Brochure

For More Information

311 Contact Centre

Online Contact 311 Online

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

TTY 780-944-5555

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