Trees & Woodlands
Private Tree Protection By-law review
The private tree protection by-law is currently under review. Visit the Private Tree Protection page to learn more.
Ice Storm Response
The large amount of brush left in the town’s woodlands is the result of the town’s priority to remove hazards first. Forestry crews are now concentrating on cleanup of debris during regular woodland maintenance and as dry weather permits trucks and equipment to enter the trails. Some debris is left on the forest floor to help foster natural regrowth and regeneration.
Learn more about the Forestry Section's response to the ice storm of December 22, 2013.
Emerald Ash Borer woodlands conservation
Dead and dying ash trees destroyed by EAB are being removed from streets, parks and woodlands to ensure your safety. Visit the Woodlands Conservation page to learn more.
Learn more about EAB and what the town is doing to combat this invasive species by visiting the Emerald Ash Borer page.
Trail user study
The town’s Forestry Section has installed infrared trail traffic counters in some woodlands throughout the town as part of a trail user study. The counters are to track trail traffic so that there is a better understanding of which woodlands are being used more or less by residents. Trail counters have been attached to trees in the following woodlands:
- Bayshire Woods Park
- Birch Hill Promenade
- Bronte Bluffs
- Chalmers Park
- Charnwood Park
- Colonel Williams Woods
- Glen Oak Creek Trail 4
- Kings Park Woods
- McCraney Creek Trail
- Munn's Creek Trail 2
- Nena Woods Park
- Post Park
- Sheldon Creek Park
- South Shell Waterfront Park
- Taplow Creek Trail (G.A.)
If you have questions about trail counters, please contact ServiceOakville at 905-845-6601 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The urban forest is made up of all the trees growing in the Town of Oakville, including town-owned street and park trees, trees in forested areas, as well as trees on private property. Trees are an important part of Oakville's urban landscape, and provide a wide variety of social, health, aesthetic, economic and environmental benefits including:
- Climate moderation
- Air quality improvements
- Water conservation
- Habitat for birds and other wildlife
- Increased property value
The town's Forestry Section manages Oakville's urban forest using a long-term, sustainable strategy of development and maintenance in order to provide a perpetual green cover on public lands. In 2007, the Town of Oakville was named the Forest Capital of Canada by the Canadian Forestry Association.
The Town of Oakville completed an inventory in 2010 to catalogue and map its approximately 138,000 street and park trees. To learn more about the catalogue visit the Public Tree Inventory and Map page.
Urban Forest Health Monitoring Program
In partnership with its consultant, BioForest Technologies Inc., the Town of Oakville engages residents to help monitor neighbourhood street trees for invasive insects, disease and other issues related to forest health. Learn more about Urban Forest Health Monitoring.
Urban Forest Strategic Management Plan
The Urban Forest Strategic Management Plan for the Town of Oakville 2008-2027 sets out the steps necessary to achieve short, medium and long-term goals for Oakville's urban forest over a 20 year period. Open the 2008 Urban Forest Strategic Management Plan (pdf, 14 MB).
To learn more about forest regeneration strategies for woodlands, open the following pages
- Silvicultural Prescriptions - Cornwall Rd Sports Park (pdf, 1MB)
- Silvicultural Prescriptions - Perkins Passage (pdf, 1MB)
North Oakville Urban Forest Strategic Management Plan
To learn more about Oakville's plan to ensure a sustainable and healthy urban forest for the lands located north of Dundas Street, visit the North Oakville Urban Forest Strategic Management Plan page.
Oakville's Urban Forest Effects Model (UFORE) Report
The Urban Forest Effects Model (UFORE), designed by the United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, has been used to quantify urban forest structure and numerous urban forest effects in cities worldwide. Over the summer of 2005, approximately 500 residents and businesses participated in the Town's UFORE project. Randomly generated sample plots combined with local pollution and weather data were used to measure the air quality benefits provided by trees, shrubs and other types of vegetation growing throughout Oakville. These benefits were then converted to their economic value.
Open the 2006 UFORE report (pdf, 5.7 MB)
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