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Urban Tree Canopy Project

We want to expand the tree canopy over developed areas in the District.

A more diverse and healthy urban tree canopy will help us take action against climate change and increase biodiversity and wildlife habitat.   

That's why we've developed the Urban Tree Canopy Project, a new program to allow residential property owners to help us increase the urban forest in the District.

Did you make a tree order? We are hosting our tree pickup on October 23, from 2pm-5pm at Lynn Valley Elementary, 3207 Institute Rd. If you have any questions, please email us at iwantatree@dnv.org.

About the program

Starting in summer 2021, District residential property owners can participate in this program, including those in single-family and multi-family homes. If you live in a multi-family or rental home, you will need to seek approval from the homeowner, strata corporation, property manager, or other, as appropriate.

District staff will be available to help homeowners choose and maintain the right tree for their property. Registration and tree species selection will take place during July, with a goal of having the trees available for planting in fall 2021.

Funds from the environmental compensation fee account will be used to run the program.

Have a question? Email us at iwantatree@dnv.org

Benefits of urban trees

Expanding the urban forest canopy provides many environmental and health benefits, including:

  • Providing shade and temperature regulation for nearby buildings
  • Capturing and storing carbon
  • Intercepting and absorbing rain, which reduces runoff into the storm sewer system 
  • Stabilizing soils
  • Providing food and shelter for wildlife and habitat connectivity
  • Filtering air pollutants
  • Improving mental and physical well-being 

Selecting the right tree

Learn more about the native tree species offered and whether the tree is suitable for your yard.

Planting your tree

Erika Nassichuk, environmental protection officer at the District, shares tips on planting new trees.

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