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The City is committed to growing, sustaining, maintaining, preserving and protecting our urban forest.

Edmonton’s Urban Forest

As Edmontonians, we value and understand the importance of the city’s urban forest. Edmonton’s trees provide many environmental, ecological, economic, and social benefits. These include sequestering greenhouse gases, reducing damage from stormwater, providing wildlife habitat, reducing costs for winter heating and summer cooling, and promoting a self of well-being and positive mental health! With careful stewardship, these benefits can continue for generations, appreciating over time.

Plan, Policy and Procedure

The Urban Forest Management Plan outlines key principles, objectives and strategies.

The Corporate Tree Management Policy and Corporate Tree Management and Tree Reserve Procedure outline how the City ensures growth, sustainability, acquisition, stewardship, maintenance, protection and preservation of the City of Edmonton Urban Forest.

The policy also refers to three supporting guidelines that are used by the City including:

Tree Preservation Guidelines
Guidelines for Evaluation of Trees
Natural Stand Valuation Guidelines

  • In most cases, the trees that line the streets and that grow in our parks and River Valley are owned by the City
  • Call 311 to confirm if a tree adjacent to or on your construction site is a City-owned tree
  • City trees exist in parks, along boulevards, natural areas - including our River Valley and ravines and tableland native tree stands and naturalized sites - all require our stewardship
Tips on caring for your trees - planting, watering, pruning, and controlling pests and disease.
The City offers several programs to promote participation in our forestry assets.
Did you know trees have to be protected during construction? Learn how.

The City manages several programs to ensure the preservation and protection of our Urban Forest.

Urban Forestry Spotlight - Emerald Award Nominee

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.

For More Information

Forestry, Beautification and Environmental Management

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


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