Renewing our urban forest

We're planting trees to help our woodlands regrow! You can help.  Plant a tree on your property or join us for one of our community planting events. New events will be posted here.

Check out the news release about our Arbour Day planting at Shannon Creek Trail.

For more information on other community tree planting events visit  Oakvillegreen.

Woodlands Hazard Abatement Program

The town continues to treat municipal street trees to protect against Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). However, the EAB infestation has had a devastating effect on our woodlands. Most, if not all of the town’s 43,000 woodland ash trees are now dead or dying.

The town is following best forest management practices to remove dead and dying ash trees to reduce the risk to the public and to help our woodlands regrow.

Trees designated for removal or other work will be marked:

Ash tree removals from all EAB-infested woodlands will be phased over ten-plus years. The first year of the program began in 2015, following a pilot project in 2012.

Review the 2016 Woodlands Hazard Abatement program map (pdf, 1.3 MB) to find all properties in this year’s program.

To review the proposed schedule of the Woodlands Hazard Abatement and Woodland Maintenance programs open the 10-Year Woodland Management Plan map (pdf, 12 MB)

For further details please review the Frequently Asked Questions page

2016 Woodlands Hazard Abatement Open House

The town held a community open house on February 4, 2016 to inform the public of how EAB has affected the woodlands and the town’s plans for regeneration. Review the news release.

Natural Regeneration

While the town will establish intensive planting sites in select areas, natural regeneration will account for most of the regrowth in the woodlands.

There will be a significant change in the appearance of the woodlands following tree removals. Logs, branches and wood debris left on the forest floor will eventually break down, nourishing the soil, and aid in the natural regrowth of shrubs and trees. Visit the Iroquois Shoreline Woods page as a prime example of how a forest can regrow over time.

You can help renew our urban forest. Bring the family and take part in community tree plantings or visit the tree planting page for ideas on native trees you can plant in your own yard.

FSC Certified

By following best forest management practices, the Town of Oakville is the first lower-tier municipality in Canada to have all 280 of its woodlands achieve Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certification through the Eastern Ontario Model Forest's (EOMF) Forest Certification program. The FSC® is an international, membership-based, non-profit organization that supports environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world's forests.

The EOMF is a not-for-profit, charitable organization. The EOMF works with government, landowners, industry, First Nations, non-government organizations and others to develop new ways to sustain and manage our forest resources. The model forest provides a unique forum where forest users can build partnerships and gain a greater understanding of conflicting views, share their knowledge, and combine their expertise and resources to promote responsible resource management.

To learn more about the town’s EAB management program, visit the Emerald Ash Borer page.