The City of Guelph is working on a study of our urban forest to provide strategic direction to how we manage our urban forest. Working with Lallemand Inc./BioForest in partnership with KBM Resources Group, the study will:
- Assess the makeup of Guelph’s urban forest
- Understand the ecological benefits our urban forest provides
- Identify opportunities to increase our urban forest’s health, resilience and sustainability
- Establish a baseline understanding of the forest’s current health that will help us measure progress of our management
- Support Guelph’s Urban Forest Management Plan and other tree policies
Studying the urban forest May to August 2019
Using software called iTree, we are collecting urban forest data from May to August 2019. For this study, we’re collecting data from 220 i-Tree plots randomly chosen across the city in residential areas, parks and commercial zones.
Some private properties were selected to participate. Letters to those owners for permission to collect data on their properties have been mailed. All personal data is considered private during and after the study.
How we’re using the urban forest study data
The urban forest study will influence the next five years of the 20-year Urban Forest Management Plan (UFMP). Having insight into the state of our urban forest gives us a way to better measure whether or not we’re meeting strategic targets set out in the plan.
For more information
Timea Filer, Urban Forestry Field Technologist
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 3352