Toronto’s Strategic Forest Management Plan was approved by City Council on February 20, 2013. Toronto’s urban forest includes all the trees within the city’s boundaries that provide a wide range of environmental, ecological, social, cultural and economic benefits. Currently, Toronto has approximately 17,000 to 18,000 hectares of urban forest canopy cover provided by approximately 10.2 million trees that are a valuable resource to the city and the people who live, work and play here.

Being coined “a city within a park”, the City of Toronto recognizes its extensive parks, treed and natural areas. This plan identifies the efforts required to achieve a healthy, sustainable urban forest with the goal of providing 40% canopy cover. Over the next 10 years, the plan will provide direction for actions to be taken to achieve the following goals:

  • Increase canopy cover
  • Achieve equitable distribution
  • Increase biodiversity
  • Increase awareness
  • Promote stewardship
  • Improve monitoring

For more information, check out:
Sustaining & Expanding The Urban Forest: Toronto’s Strategic Forest Management Plan