Tree Canada’s “Operation ReLeaf – Fort McMurray” program will begin planting trees in publically-owned natural, forested areas to facilitate forest regrowth according to Fire Smart standards. Discussions are also underway to replace trees lost in adjacent First Nation communities. The restoration project will continue at least into 2018, and possibly into 2019 with a focus on residential trees and street trees scheduled to be planted. A planned 2018 project will aim to restore the tree canopy in Beacon Hill, one of the neighborhoods hardest hit by the blaze that consumed an area approximately the size of the province of P.E.I..
In total, more than 70,000 trees will be planted this year alone.