The trees within Burlington's urban forest provide a wide range of environmental, economic and social benefits, including improved air quality, reduced storm-water runoff, energy savings, noise reduction, natural bird and wildlife habitats, higher property values and overall beautification of city streets and parks.
The city's forestry operations includes the oversight of tree protection and preservation initiatives, including tree protection standards, tree maintenance programs, pests and disease control and tree planting. City staff also offer tree care tips for the public on this website.
We are very proud of our trees, especially those with historical significance on the Burlington Honour Roll of Trees. Whenever possible, we involve the public in the consultation process and surveys, such as the Private Tree By-law Feasibility Study.
2017 Emerald Ash Borer
We are evolving our management of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) as we see increases in infestation throughout the area.
In the past, we treated trees over 20 cm in diameter at breast height (dbh) and removed trees that declined from the infestation of the borers.
For 2017, our program will focus on treating larger trees that are important to our urban landscape and provide the most ecological benefits to our community. The program also includes proactive removal of boulevard trees throughout the city that do not meet the criteria for continued treatment.
Treatment criteria includes:
Ash trees over 50 cm dbh will be inspected after leaf out in spring to determine eligibility for continued treatment. Additionally, select streets where the boulevard trees are primarily ash will be assessed for treatment of trees larger than 40 cm dbh.
In 2017, the city plans to remove boulevard ash trees under 30 cm in addition to larger trees which showed significant decline in 2016. We need to do this for public safety as the infested ash trees become structurally weakened. To help compensate for the loss of tree canopy in the city, we will increase our stumping and planting programs over several years. This will help replace the canopy cover and tree loss with trees that will grow to be the future canopy of our city.
Please be patient during this replacement process. Staff are diligently working to source trees that will withstand tough urban conditions so they grow well to maturity. A diversified urban forest will help mitigate future invasive pest threats and planting the right tree in the right place is essential.
Information on Co-owned or Shared Trees: The Forestry Act of Ontario
City of Burlington Public Tree By-law
City of Burlington Woodlot By-law
Contact the Region of Halton for more information on woodlots.