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To promote and preserve a sustainable urban forest through species diversity, tree-health management, professionalism, and community awareness.
Mandate: Bylaw 15-125 To Regulate Trees on or Affecting Public Property, and Tree Preservation and Sustainability Policy.
- Increase the City’s tree canopy coverage to over 35%;
- Protect the City’s highways (roadways and public spaces as per Municipal Act, 2001 (64)), and those using the highways through maintenance of trees on or affecting the highways; and
- Regulate and/or prohibit the destruction or injury of public trees.
Pursuant to the Forestry Section’s Mandate above we: plant a diverse range of tree species; operate a tree trimming/maintenance program above industry basic-standard; manage a development plan review and tree removal permit process; engage in public outreach programs to educate the public on the value of trees; hire professionals trained in Arboriculture; and strive for excellent customer service.
Activities provided by the City of Hamilton Forestry Section:
- Street Tree Trimming/maintenance
- Removal of Dead, Diseased, or Dangerous Trees and Stumps in Public Spaces
- Plant Trees in the Public Right-of-Way and other Public Spaces
- Operate a 24-hours 7-days a Week, Emergency Response Protocol
- Monitor the City’s Existing Tree Canopy Through our Forest Health Program
- Urban Forestry Protection Through Development Plans Review and Permitting
- Pest Management Programs Such as Emerald Ash Borer, and Gypsy Moth Control
- Public Education Programs
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