Urban Forest Management Plan

March 4, 2020
Parks, Recreation, & Culture
Urban Forest

On Tuesday, February 18, Town of Collingwood Council approved the new Urban Forest Management Plan.

The Collingwood Urban Forest Management Plan articulates urban forest management goals within the vision of Collingwood’s urban forest as expressed by the community while reflecting Collingwood’s biophysical and land use context. The 10 year Plan provides key recommendations to plan, preserve, and protect our Urban Forest through a comprehensive tree inventory and canopy cover analysis. Recommendations for policies and procedures will ensure that proper arboreal practices strengthen the life and quality of the urban forest as well as improve green infrastructure that will reduce the impact of storm water effects.

Key findings of the Plan found the Town’s canopy cover to be healthy at 31.7%, but stressed the need for by-laws and policies to retain this level of canopy cover. The Plan also recommended a forestry unit be established to provide resources to maintain and establish standards for a healthy urban forest. 

The Town of Collingwood values the urban forest and its contribution to the liveability of our community. In addition to the environmental, social, aesthetic, and economic benefits of the urban forest, the Town recognizes the importance trees have on health, quality of life, tourism, recreation, and green infrastructure. The Town is committed to sustainable management of the urban forest as well as supporting community action and stewardship to maintain, renew, and enhance this natural resource for future generations.

Discover more about the Urban Forest Management Plan