GUELPH, ON, January 27, 2012 — Tree canopy coverage in Guelph is estimated to be 20 per cent according to a 2011 study commissioned by the City with support from TD Green Streets.
The baseline study, which was conducted by Urban Forest Innovations Inc. and Beacon Environmental, found the City’s tree canopy coverage to be higher in older, low-density residential areas as well as medium-density residential areas and on estate lots. The study also concluded tree canopy coverage tends to be lower in commercial and industrial areas and along arterial, collector roads and the Hanlon Expressway.
“The City of Guelph’s goal is to have the highest tree canopy coverage among comparable communities,” says Mayor Karen Farbridge. “This study provides us with a current understanding of the City’s tree canopy coverage and will help us make decisions regarding maintaining and enhancing Guelph’s urban forest.”
City staff will use the study’s findings to help develop the City’s Urban Forest Management Plan this spring.
Guelph was one of 23 municipalities across Canada to receive a $15,000 grant from TD Green Streets, which was matched by the City. The $30,000 paid for the tree canopy coverage study and to launch an Adopt-a-Tree Program last fall, which resulted in about 300 new trees on residential properties and 190 new trees in City parks.
For more information, visit guelph.ca/trees.