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Urban Forest

As a city in the heart of the prairies, trees are not naturally occurring. Through continuous education, care and dedicated management, Lethbridge has an urban forest we are very proud of.

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Learn about the benefits of our Urban Forest

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 Lethbridge has an impressive tree canopy with 47,016 trees in parks and open spaces. Lethbridge parks and land developers have planted more than 3,500 public trees in the last 5 years!<br>Our Urban Forest
Lethbridge has an impressive tree canopy with 47,016 trees in parks and open spaces. Lethbridge parks and land developers have planted more than 3,500 public trees in the last 5 years!
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 The canopy cover (or shaded area) produced by our urban trees covers more than 7% of the city&#39;s total area. When Lethbridge&#39;s tree are fully leafed out, they provide approximately 1207 acres of shade. That&#39;s almost 915 football fields of shadeCanopy cover
The canopy cover (or shaded area) produced by our urban trees covers more than 7% of the city's total area. When Lethbridge's tree are fully leafed out, they provide approximately 1207 acres of shade. That's almost 915 football fields of shade
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 The Lethbridge urban forest is currently storing more than 140,000 tons of carbon (equivalent to the carbon produced by approximately 25,000 cars for a year). These trees remove and store an additional 215.9 tons of carbon from the air every year! Carbon Storage
The Lethbridge urban forest is currently storing more than 140,000 tons of carbon (equivalent to the carbon produced by approximately 25,000 cars for a year). These trees remove and store an additional 215.9 tons of carbon from the air every year!
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 Our public trees produce over 575 tons of oxygen every year. That&#39;s enough oxygen to sustain 1 human for 620,989 days or 1,701 years!Oxygen
Our public trees produce over 575 tons of oxygen every year. That's enough oxygen to sustain 1 human for 620,989 days or 1,701 years!
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Lethbridge's Urban Forest is Diverse and Amazing!

Top Ten Tree Species: Name​Number of Public Trees
​Ash​10,226
​Spruce​8,466
​Elm​5,748
​Poplar​4,338
​Pine​2,141
​Maple​2,104
​Crabapple​1,924
​Linden​1,669
​Chokecherry​1,665
​Birch​1,097

 

What is the Urban Forest Management Plan?

The Urban Forest Management Plan (UFMP) is currently in development and will outline best practices, procedures and programs to effectively care for and manage the health of all Lethbridge's public trees and their growing environments. This includes all boulevard and park trees as well as trees located in utility right of ways and in natural areas like the river valley.   

The urban forest is a vital asset of our city which provides a wide range of important environmental, social and economic services. There are a number of challenges and threats to the health and sustainability of the urban forest, such as pests and disease, challenging growing conditions and conflicts with other infrastructure.

The UFMP will consider the current health and state of the urban forest, current management practices, local land uses and best practices in comparable cities and environments to present strategies to address the challenges of managing urban trees.  


Other Forestry Links  

European Elm Scale
Fruit Tree Map
Pest Management

 

For more information

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Online: Submit a service request
Phone: 311 or 403-320-3111 (if outside of Lethbridge)