URBAN FORESTRY

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URBAN FORESTRY

The growing recognition of the multiple benefits provided by urban forests and the challenges associated with maintaining the health and resilience of urban forests has resulted in an evolution in urban forest management. Our staff’s knowledge and skills are diverse and span multiple disciplines including but not limited to ecology, arboriculture, entomology and pathology. Our team includes ISA certified Arborists, ISA qualified Tree Risk Assessors (TRAQ), and certified Wildlife Danger Tree Assessors. Additionally, our firm has Qualified Environmental Professionals (QEPs) with experience completing Wildfire Hazard, Riparian Area Regulation, and Environmentally Sensitive Area assessments for Development Permit Applications.

OUR SERVICES INCLUDES

Detailed urban forest management strategies and operations or policy reviews

  • City of Vancouver Urban Forest Strategy (Phase 1)
  • City of London, ON Urban Forest Strategy
  • City of Kelowna Urban Forest Strategy
  • Urban Forest Health Strategy and Management Plan for Regional District of Central Okanagan Parks
  • City of London, ON urban forestry operations review
  • City of Coquitlam Streamside Protection and Enhancement Areas (SPEA) Policy Review and Recommendations

Ecosystem management and restoration planning

  • District of North Vancouver Framework for Ecosystem Based Management
  • Stanley Park Wind Storm Restoration and Implementation Strategy
  • Planting restoration prescriptions in Streamside Protection and Enhancement Areas for the City of Coquitlam
  • Recommendations for management and long-term monitoring of City of London woodlands

Species at Risk mapping and management

  • Terrestrial Ecosystem Mapping and Species at Risk Habitat Mapping of Metro Vancouver Regional Parks, Conservancy Areas, Reserves and Greenways
  • Resort Municipality of Whistler Ecosystem and Species at Risk Habitat Mapping

Wildfire Hazard DPA Assessments

  • Completion of over 150 FireSmart Wildfire Hazard DPA assessments in Metro Vancouver and the Resort Municipality of Whistler

Arborist assessments (hazard danger tree and forest health), tree inventories and management plans

  • Arboriculture field assessment services and arborist reports for municipal and private clients
  • Tree inventories and/or tree risk assessments for municipal clients, strata corporations, home-owners and developers
  • Tree maintenance or replacement plans and prescriptions
  • Windthrow hazard assessments completed for City of Coquitlam Streamside Protection and Enhancement Areas in Burke Mountain
  • Bi-annual tree risk assessments along the Valley Trail system for the Resort Municipality of Whistler, BC
  • Tree Inventory and Hazard Tree Assessments completed for the City of Burnaby and BC Hydro's Buntzen Lake and Hayward Lake Recreation Areas
  • Tree Management Plan developed for the Whistler Village 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Celebration Centre

Inventory, mapping and canopy cover analyses

  • Spatial canopy cover assessment and aspatial canopy cover statistics
  • Expertise in completing urban and rural forestry analysis and benefits assessment including ecosystem services utilizing the USDA Forest Service’s iTree software suite in support of urban forest management strategies and climate change mitigation and adaptation
  • Tree canopy cover analysis by land cover classification in the Peel Region, ON using advanced remote sensing methods and applying vector datasets
  • Canopy cover analysis for the City of Vancouver using LiDAR

Riparian Area Regulation (RAR) Assessments for Development Permit Applications (DPAs)

  • RAR assessments in Metro Vancouver, including but not limited to the District of North Vancouver, City of Maple Ridge, and District of West Vancouver