The City of Toronto has launched a new online app, citytrees.ca, to encourage all residents to help grow our tree canopy. In partnership with Ryerson University, Codetuitive and Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation, the city has developed this app to count trees on private property. Our urban forest department has tracked every tree on public property, but this app allows the first communal effort to track trees in Toronto.
As Citytrees grows it will also host inventories of existing trees across Toronto that will demonstrate the environmental benefits of trees and encourage everyone to care for our hard working city trees.
Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation has been helping Toronto transform its parks and green spaces since 2002. Working with community groups and neighbourhoods to realize their imagination for local parks and improving the health of Toronto’s urban forest by supporting tree planting and stewardship efforts.
- City of Toronto has approximately 10.2 million trees
- 60% are on private land and 40% are in public parks and along city streets.
- Toronto currently has 26.6-28% canopy cover.
- There are serious threats to Toronto’s urban forest, including invasive insects like Emerald Ash Borer which threatens to reduce the tree canopy by 2.2 to 2.3%.
- Urban Forestry is leading an Emerald Ash Borer Management Plan, to mitigate and respond to these impacts
- Further, additional threats such as climate change and extreme weather also affect Toronto’s tree canopy. As a result of the 2013 ice storm, approximately 3,000 street trees were damaged and required removal
- Urban Forestry replaces all City trees that require removal.
- Learn how to get a FREE tree from the City of Toronto!