The Municipal Tree Inventory is focused on understanding the importance of the township’s urban canopy through data collection and responding with the appropriate management. A complete street tree inventory will assist in delivering upon Bold Actions 5 and 6 outlined in the Town’s Community Sustainability Plan, which will develop into managing urban trees as natural assets and the inclusion of them in a broader biodiversity strategy.
In conducting the municipality's first complete tree inventory, the Town can ensure a healthy community under increased development, a changing climate, and further the inclusion of trees in the decision-making process. Inventory data will help guide the Town of The Blue Mountain's tree nursery located at the Tomahawk Golf Course, ensuring a replacement program is established based on tree mortality projections.
Urban forests face numerous stressors and for them to be adaptable and more resilient, knowledge on their current condition is essential. The Municipal Tree Inventory is the first step towards proactive management so that the benefits of trees can be maximized to benefit our community.
October 20, 2023 - Fall update and next steps
The Town has spent the fall focusing on filling data gaps in Thornbury and Clarksburg prior to significant leaf fall. Additional training sessions will be organized for new volunteers in the spring of 2024, with the intention of completing a full baseline assessment of street trees throughout the municipality during the 2024 season.
Interested in assisting within the Municipal Tree Inventory project that aims to increase the consideration of the the Town's urban forest? We are currently looking for volunteers passionate about making a meaningful difference within their community to assist in the collection of tree inventory data. We hope to forage a strong sense of community through this project and to make it a positive experience! Subscribe for updates using the link below.