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. 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.
In 2005, Oakville was one of a number of Canadian municipalities to complete an Urban Forest Effect Model (UFORE) study, now known as i-Tree, to quantify the structure of the urban forest and its environmental benefits. In 2015, Oakville became the first municipality in Canada to conduct a ten-year follow-up survey to track the changes to the urban forest since the initial study. The results of the 2015 survey show that Oakville has increased its tree canopy by 1.3 per cent in the last ten years to a total canopy coverage of 27.8 per cent.
For more information, review the news release on the iTree report or view the complete report, Growing Livability - A Comprehensive Study of Oakville's Urban Forest.
Dead and dying ash trees destroyed by EAB are being removed from town woodlands to ensure your safety and to help renew our urban forest. Visit the Woodlands Hazard Abatement page to learn more.