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Protect Burlington's Trees


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Check our Advocacy in Action page for the latest updates on this important issue.

Tree Protection Hotline:


We often receive communications from Burlington residents concerned about trees they see being cut down. Send us an This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ideally including a location and photo of the trees being taken down, and we will share your input with the Forestry Department staff at City of Burlington. If you prefer to contact us by phone, please call: 905 975 5563. To learn more about Burlington tree related information and to contact City staff directly please click here.

Private trees are a key part of public life. When we look around our landscape, we may assume we have enough trees and that cutting more doesn’t really matter. The truth is – we don't have enough. Planting more trees is only part of the solution; we need to protect the older growth trees as well.

"Conservation Halton's Watershed report card graded the overall forest cover in our watershed to mostly D (Poor) with grades ranging from A to F. The majority of large forested areas are located above the Niagara Escarpment. This coverage is lower than the 30 to 50% minimum requirement to support a sustainable environment as identified by Environment Canada. Add to that the threat to 13% of trees in our city as a result of Emerald Ash Borer and we argue that we need more solution-focused mechanisms in place to protect and increase our tree canopy in Burlington."

–Amy Schnurr, Executive Director, BurlingtonGreen

benefits of urban trees

"A tree is a very modest investment in a community and as it grows
it is the only asset in the entire city infrastructure that increases in value as it grows"
-Benefits of Urban Trees video ( below)

Click here to find out how we are helping to GROW the urban forest tree canopy here in Burlington!

Tune in to a great discussion about the importance of urban forests in Canada's growing cities, and how tools like a private property tree bylaw can be effective in growing our urban tree canopy. Listen to the discussion here as CBC's Gillian Findlay speaks with three tree experts , as they sat in the shadow of a nearby forest in the University of Toronto Campus in Mississauga.

Our neighbours are progressing ahead of us...

Protect trees community tooMost of the local trees that make up our urban canopy are located on private property. Without a reasonable regulation in place city wide, property owners can cut down as many trees as they like for any reason thereby reducing the urban tree canopy, negatively affecting the larger community and our collective future. Development also poses a risk to our mature tree canopy, and we advocate for the implementation of an effective, practical, private property tree bylaw across all of Burlington.


Urban Trees Need Protection

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This page is part of BurlingtonGreen's Greenprint for the Future awareness and advocacy program.
The program, covering a number of local issues, is made possible
thanks to funding from MEC.