City of Kitchener

Urban Forestry

Urban forest graphic by Emily S. Damstra

The urban forest is made up of individual and groups of trees within any urban area. They can be understood as dynamic green infrastructure that provides cities and municipalities with environmental, economic and social benefits.
Urban forests are forests for people.

Developing a sustainable urban forest program

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Kitchener's Strategic Plan (2015-2018) laid the groundwork to develop a sustainable urban forest program, including creating a long-term urban forest strategy for the private and public urban forest. 

The first phase of engaging the community in this project begins this spring and will continue until spring 2018. 


  1. Kitchener's online urban forest story map allows residents to upload photos, videos and stories about trees in their neighbourhood, complete the online survey, discover the urban forest in their neighbourhood, and learn more about the city's tree canopy.
  2. "Developing a sustainable urban forest program" background document explains why the city is doing this work, the benefits of the urban forest, provides an overview of the project,  key challenges and opportunities facing Kitchener's urban forest, and the next steps.
  3. Tree Canopy Report details Kitchener's tree canopy, based on analysis of 2014 imagery.

Opportunities to get involved

  • Have a group or organization that wants to get involved? Our team is willing to visit your group or organization to conduct a presentation and/or focus group. Please email  to set up a time and location. 
  • Visit us at the following events across the city: 
  • Fall community workshops:
    • Forest Heights Community Centre, Saturday, Sept. 23, 1-3 p.m.
    • Victoria Park Pavilion, Thursday, Sept. 28, 6-8 p.m.
  • Urban forest speaker series:
    • Kitchener's Urban Forest, Kitchener Public Library, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 7-8:30 p.m., more information to follow
    • Janet McKay - Executive Director LEAF (Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests), Kitchener Public Library, Wednesday, Jan. 17, more information to follow

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 Tree Planting Emerald Ash Borer  Tree Watering
 Image soil assessment and tree planting  Link to EAB page  Link to tree watering page
 For concerns about a city tree (e.g. tree requires pruning, or is dead) please contact our Corporate Contact Centre at 519-741-2345 or