For the past several years, the City has lost roughly 3,000 Boulevard and Open Space Trees annually. Trees succumb to pests and disease, construction damage, drought, vehicle collisions, storm damage, age, and other external circumstances. Furthermore, in the late 1990s and early 2000s, a drought contributed to a significant loss of total canopy. Roughly 20,000 trees were lost and that loss has yet to be completely replaced.

In order to maintain the size of Edmonton’s urban forest, the City replants approximately 3,000 Boulevard and Open Space Trees annually through the Tree Replacement program. Every year, trees in half of the city are assessed by the Inventory and Assessment team. City of Edmonton trees that have died are marked and scheduled for removal.  These trees are then scheduled for replacement, generally within two years through this replacement program.

Tree species are selected for a variety of reasons including site conditions and proximity to surrounding infrastructure. Additionally, one of Urban Forestry’s primary goals is to increase the amount of biodiversity within the canopy, which is especially important in our changing climate and in an effect to reduce the impact of disease and pests.

In 2021, the east side of the city will be the primary focus of Tree Replacement, while the trees on the west side of the city will be assessed. Please view our interactive map for details on the neighbourhoods that will be the focus of replacement this year. As part of the Tree Replacement program, there are two internal teams that complete replanting. One team is dedicated to the north side of the city, while the other team is dedicated to the south side.

Please note that the number of tree replacements per neighbourhood are subject to change.