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Over the past three years 14,997 (2012-2014) trees have been planted within the City limits. All of these trees have been planted on public property with the exception of Confederation Forest project at Upton Farm, a project being carried out by Macphail Woods Ecological Forestry Project. With significant tree plantings happening each year, it becomes increasingly important that data is being collected about our urban forest. This data, once analyzed, provides valuable information to help manage and maintain a healthy urban forest.

In the fall of 2015, the City applied for and received funding from Tree Canada and TD Friends of the Environment Foundation to carry out a street tree inventory.

Information gathered through the tree inventory gives an overall picture of the health of Charlottetown's urban forest and provides the basis for:

  • developing a strategic tree planting plan
  • identifying planting locations
  • calculating the percentage of each tree species present - helps to ensure we have a diverse and balanced number of species
  • determining the age distribution of the City trees - successional planting can ensure that the urban forest does not mature at the same time resulting in a loss of a large number of trees all at once
  • identifying areas where survival rates are poor - information will ensure that the right trees are planting in the right place. It also helps to identify environmental issues that are causing a loss of trees in certain areas
  • identifying species that have a low rate of survival - allows for the selection of more appropriate species that will survive the harsh urban environment
  • creating a tree maintenance schedule = regular maintenance and efficient operations
  • developing management strategies for invasive pests - early detection and rapid response are key to success (i.e. emerald ash borer, an insect that attacks only ash trees, is moving eastward. How many ash do we have in the City?, where are they so we can monitor them?)
  • developing an urban forest management and tree protection plan which engages, not only the City, but the community and all stakeholders in creating a healthy urban forest into the future
The inventory project included:
  • contracting a professional tree care company to complete a street tree inventory
  • the purchase of urban forest management software to create a database of the inventory information
  • analyzing the inventory data and using that information to make informed decisions about urban forest management and operational activities
  • carrying out a sample inventory of parkland, woodland, buffer zones/riparian zones and hedgerow trees
  • development of management plans for invasive species
  • carrying out community based projects to engage residents and businesses in our urban forest
Additional Resources:
About Tree Canada:
Tree Canada is a not-for-profit charitable organization established to encourage Canadians to plant and care for trees in urban and rural environments. A winner of the Canadian Environmental Award (2007), Tree Canada engages Canadian companies, government agencies and individuals to support the planting of trees, the greening of schoolyards, and other efforts to sensitize Canadians to the benefits of planting and maintaining trees. To date, more than 80 million trees have been planted, more than 550 schoolyards have been greened, and Tree Canada has organized 11 national urban forest conferences. More information about Tree Canada is available at treecanada.ca.

About TD Friends of the Environment Foundation:
From schoolyard naturalization and energy conservation, to tree plantings and environmental education, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF) is proud to provide funding to help sustain an incredible array of grassroots environmental programs across the country. In 2014, TD FEF supported over 1,000 projects with $4.9 million in funding. Thousands of donors give to TD FEF on a monthly basis, and TD Bank Group contributes in excess of $1 million annually. TD also covers the management costs of running TD FEF, which guarantees 100 per cent of every dollar donated funds environmental projects in the community in which the donation was made. For more information on how to donate and get involved in your community, visit tdfef.com.

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