Forestry Profile

Forestry at the City of Hamilton maintains urban and rural tree canopy, including all public tree maintenance and tree planting activities to increase the urban tree canopy. This service includes:

Tree Planting - the planting of trees on City property, including streets, parks and cemeteries. Tree planting also involves site identification and inspection of proposed tree planting locations, planting trees and the inspection of trees after planting.

Tree Maintenance - maintaining urban and rural trees, including customer requests, tree trimming, tree removal, forest health and emergency storm response.

Program support in the areas of data management, health and safety, program development and coordination. Customer service inquires; educational materials and web content are also part of this service.

Service Details

Related Subservices

  • Tree Planting
  • Tree Maintenance
  • Tree Maintenance and Planting Support Services

Type of Service

  • Public facing


  • Essential/Mandatory, Legislated requirement (for emergency services access)

Primary Funding Sources

  • Grants/Subsidies
  • Net Levy
  • User Fees
  • Area Rating Reserves

Service Level

  • At standard

Service Level Source

  • Legislated
  • Council approved policy or service standard


Performance Measures

How much did you do?

2016 Tree Planting
  • Trees planted: 15,062
  • Some examples of how trees were allocated:
    • Ash tree replacements as per the Emerald Ash Borer Management Plan (1:1 replacement): 1,699
    • Street trees as per the Free Street Tree Program: 1,848
    • Tree planting service requests: 5,435
2016 Tree Maintenance
  • Customer Service Requests: 10,615
  • Removals and Stumping: 217,237 cm
  • Storm Response: 590 trees
  • Storm Investigations: 225 trees
  • Plans reviewed and comments provided in regards to municipal tree assets: 978

Strategic Plan Priority - Healthy & Safe Communities and Clean & Green