Urban Forest Strategy

What is the urban forest? The urban forest includes trees and woodlands in maintained parks, green spaces, natural areas and ravines, and on the escarpment, along streets, and in neighbourhoods, commercial, institutional, and industrial areas. It includes public and privately owned lands.

About the Hamilton Urban Forest Strategy

The Urban Forest Strategy (UFS) will be a plan to ensure the long-term health of Hamilton’s urban forest. The Urban Forest Strategy will provide recommendations that are based on community and staff input, data, and policy review. It will also provide the vision and strategic direction for long-term planning, protection and maintenance of trees and forests in the urban area.

The Urban Forest Strategy will include:

  • A sample inventory of trees within the urban area to describe the condition of Hamilton’s urban forest
  • A community-developed vision for the desired future state of the urban forest
  • Background research on existing policies, by-laws, programs, partnerships, and activities within Hamilton
  • Identifying challenges and opportunities for improving the urban forest
  • Recommended actions including programs, policies, and partnerships
  • Recommended monitoring and indicators to determine if the UFS is meeting its vision

We want to hear from you!

We want to understand what you know and value about Hamilton's urban forest! Take our survey Your input will shape the overall vision for the urban forest, so the completed strategy reflects the interests of our citizens.

 

Project timeline

Timeline for Hamilton's Urban Forest Strategy

Public Open House
Held May 29, 2018
Introduced the project and invited input on the community's vision for managing the urban forest.
Display panels (PDF,)  | Open house summary (PDF, 20 KB)

City Staff Workshop
Held May 17, 2018
An internal staff working seminar.
City staff summary (PDF, 2 MB)

External Stakeholders Workshop
Held May 17, 2018
Provided context/objectives of the Hamilton Urban Forest Strategy and offered engagement activities.
Presentation (PDF, 2 MB) | Workshop summary (PDF, 1 MB)

Contact us

Catherine Plosz
Natural Heritage Planner
Planning and Economic Development Department
Development Planning, Heritage and Design
City Hall, 5th Floor
Phone: 905-546-2424 Ext.1231
Email: catherine.plosz@hamilton.ca