Urban Forestry Operations
Phone within Toronto city limits: 311
Phone outside city limits: 416-392-CITY
Toronto, the largest city in Canada has an urban forest with an estimated 10.2 million trees covering approximately 18,000 hectares. Forty percent of this valuable resource is situated on public property, including an estimated 3.5 million trees within our parkland system and approximately 600,000 trees on our streets. Learn about Toronto's urban forest
A major responsibility of Urban Forestry Services is the maintenance of City owned trees, particularly trees that grow on the City road allowance and in parks.
Private trees are an important part of the urban forest nurtured and are protected by Urban Forestry. Trees on private property can be protected and regulated under the provisions of municipal by-laws.
Urban Forestry Services plants trees on City-owned street allowances fronting residential properties for free. Periodically, Urban Forestry Services will canvass neighbourhoods for tree planting opportunities.
An arborist is a professional with knowledge of tree biology and physiology, and experience in arboriculture - the cultivation, management and study of individual trees. Learn when and how to hire one.
Trees need water to survive. Water is used by trees to carry nutrients obtained from the soil throughout the tree. During periods of hot, dry weather there is often less moisture available in the soil.
Why do tree leaves change colour in the fall? Leaves change colour due to biochemical processes within them that are triggered by diminishing amounts of daylight, longer nights, and weather factors. Your questions are answered at Trees FAQ.
Toronto has many natural areas including ravines and woodlands on both private and public land. Urban Forestry enforces protection by-laws and limits development proposals in and adjacent to ravine and natural feature areas.
To promote the health of the urban forest, Urban Forestry Services’ takes a holistic approach to tree care that focuses on improving the health of trees in an urban environment.
The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is an insect pest that attacks and kills all species of ash trees. In 2007, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency confirmed presence of EAB in Toronto. Learn about measures to prevent the spread of EAB into un-infested areas in other parts of Ontario and Canada.
The City of Toronto has completed the 2013 aerial spray program to control the outbreak levels of European Gypsy Moth. Urban Forestry staff have completed inspections of the spray areas and determined that the threat of significant defoliation of trees was averted.
The Asian Long-Horned Beetle (ALHB) which has devastated the tree canopies in parts of New York City and Chicago since the late 1990's was discovered September 2003 in parts of the City of Toronto and the City of Vaughan.
Toronto, the largest city in Canada, has an urban forest with an estimated 10.2 million trees covering approximately 18,000 hectares.Forty percent of this valuable resource is maintained by the City.
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