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.