Expanding Windsor’s Tree Coverage and Canopy

Mayor Drew Dilkens was joined today by Ward 10 Councillor Jim Morrison to provide an update on tree planting and the development of the urban canopy in the City of Windsor.

Since 2020, the City has invested $4.3-million toward efforts to expand, protect, and manage the urban tree canopy, with $500,000 for tree plantings being invested this year alone.

The City has doubled the number of large caliper trees that are planted to at least 2,000 per year, established a modern digital inventory of trees that are along streets and public parks, and completed the City’s first comprehensive canopy cover study. The results of the study showed Windsor’s canopy cover has risen to around 19 per cent, close to the average for large cities in Ontario, with further improvements expected.

In 2022, the City will once again plant in excess of 2,000 trees, with over 1,250 already planted this spring across all wards. The balance of trees will be planted during the fall planting season, that weather permitting will start at the end of September and finish by early November.

Planting new trees helps to replace those lost due to age or weather-related damage. Mature tree cover helps provide natural shade during hot summer days, absorb water from rainfall events and remove carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, from the atmosphere.

For more information about the City of Windsor’s urban forest, visit the forestry pages of citywindsor.ca.

Quotes:

“I am proud of the City of Windsor’s ongoing work to expand our current tree population and develop our urban canopy. These investments help to ensure that we continue making strides, creating welcoming urban spaces for residents to enjoy.”
– Mayor Drew Dilkens

“Trees are very important to the quality of life of residents of Ward 10. I’m glad that the City of Windsor is continuing to invest in tree planting and the development of the urban tree canopy.”
– Councillor Jim Morrison, Ward 10

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