New tree canopy study shows increase in Toronto’s tree population
Feb. 1, 2020
Global Korean Post
Toronto City Council today adopted a report on Toronto’s tree canopy that shows the city’s urban forest canopy cover and tree population have grown over the last decade.
In general, the results of the tree canopy study are encouraging. The City’s investment in Toronto’s urban forest has grown from an annual budget of $31.1 million in 2008 to $68.7 million in 2018, for a total 10-year investment of $605.6 million. This commitment to maintaining, sustaining and growing the urban forest has directly supported the positive findings and trends described in the 2018 Tree Canopy Study.
The City plants approximately 120,000 trees on public lands each year. The City also supports private tree planting and stewardship initiatives, resulting in more than 20,000 new trees planted on private property to date. Efforts to expand Toronto’s urban forest constitutes a valuable investment in the city’s future.
The study’s findings give staff the opportunity to evaluate what has changed in Toronto’s urban forest through a comparative analysis of the results of the first study, which was carried out in 2008. A summary of the 2018 study findings demonstrate that over the last 10 years: