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Urban Tree Canopy Project

To help increase the urban forest in the District, we introduced the Urban Tree Canopy Project for residential property owners in 2021.

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

About the program

In 2021, the District invited residential property owners to participate in the Urban Tree Canopy program. 

District staff were available to help homeowners choose and maintain the right tree for their property. 

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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