Our Council has approved it's first Urban Forest Management Plan to strengthen the City’s ability to maintain a healthy urban forest until 2040.
Currently Richmond Hill’s urban forest contains approximately 2.6 million trees on public and private property. It helps keep our community healthy and resilient by cleaning the air and water, reducing flood risk, conserving energy and counteracting urban heat stress.
The plan builds on a strong foundation of urban forest management in Richmond Hill. It provides tangible commitments to protect and grow our urban forest, including developing urban forest planting and protection standards, formalizing our young tree structural pruning program and fostering partnerships with academic institutions to support urban forest research.
Urban Forest Quick Facts
- City staff and contractors plant roughly 800 trees every year
- Approximately 18,000 community volunteers have planted more than 200,000 trees in the City’s parks and natural areas through the award-winning Community Stewardship Program since 1998
- Residents have purchased more than 13,800 trees and shrubs through the Healthy Yards Program to plant on their private property since 2005
Based on the City’s land area of 10,008 hectares (excluding water), Richmond Hill’s urban tree canopy increased from 24.5% in 2010 to approximately 29.1% (2,912 hectares in total). This is in line with York Region’s Forest Management Plan, which sets a 26-35% total canopy cover target for Richmond Hill by 2051.
Urban forest management is part of Richmond Hill’s broader Environment Strategy, Greening the Hill: Our Community, Our Future.
Learn more about Richmond Hill’s environment and green initiatives at www.RichmondHill.ca/Environment