You can support local nature and LOVE our trees by taking part in our annual Green Up , learning from our TLC (Tree Loving Care) tips, and more!
Be sure to participate in our annual Tree Photo Contest too and get inspired by checking out the 2020 submissions here. Details regarding the 2021 contest will be coming later in the Spring.
BURLINGTON’S TREE CANOPY:
According to Environment Canada, a 30% forest cover is the minimum threshold for a healthy ecological state.
The urban tree canopy in Burlington is sitting at a low 15-17%. At this rate, less than one-half of the potential species richness can be supported and our aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems are deemed only marginally healthy.
By maintaining our existing trees and growing the urban forest canopy we can:
- Decrease air pollution through filtration and oxygen generation
- Improve shade cover, wind barriers and temperature control year round (also lowering energy costs)
- Assist with stormwater management in built environments
- Provide habitat to birds and other wildlife
- Decrease water runoff, creek degradation and flooding
- Increase value of neighbourhoods, aesthetic and overall curb appeal
The Benefits of Urban Forests
- Burlington: About Our Urban Forest
- How Trees Grow ( 2 minute video)
- City of Burlington Trees: What you should know
- Burlington: Pests & Diseases
- Burlington: Tree Planting & Care
- Burlington: Honour Roll of Trees
- Tree Canada
- One Tree Planted
- How Forests Keep Our Waterways Healthy (video)
- Green Roofs for Healthy Cities
- Green Infrastructure Ontario
- Green Infrastructure Ontario: Municipal Hub Resource