Canadian Urban Forest Strategy (CUFS)


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The Canadian Urban Forest Strategy

This document is the third iteration of a national urban forest strategy for Canada, born out of efforts to incorporate urban forests as part of the National Forest Strategy. The Canadian Urban Forest Strategy is being stewarded by the Canadian Urban Forest Network, of which Tree Canada is the Secretariat. The Canadian Urban Forest Network, along with municipal, provincial and federal representatives, provided direction for its creation. With an increasingly urbanized population, the pressures being exerted on Canada’s urban forests are only expected to increase in the future. To address these pressures, this Strategy will have five Strategic Objectives to further its Vision: National Urban Forestry Capacity Building, Communications and Public Education, Research, Techniques and Technologies for Urban Forest Planning and Management, and Professional Development.

Our vision is to have sustainable, biodiverse and healthy urban forests that protect and enhance the well-being and prosperity of Canadian communities.

Strategic Objectives:

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National Urban Forestry Capacity Building

This objective deals with the broad-scale capacity building that is needed; related to financial commitment, collaborations and engagement.

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Communications and Public Education

This objective deals with the exchange of information and knowledge amongst all stakeholders in Canadian communities.

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This objective deals with the production and extension of research results to practitioners in all disciplines.

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Techniques and Technologies for Urban Forest Planning and Management

This objective addresses techniques and technologies that can assist municipalities, groups, and individuals to adopt (and adapt) them to ensure the sustained supply of ecological, economic and social benefits from Canada’s urban forests.

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Professional Development

The final objective addresses the development and advancement of a highly trained urban forestry workforce as well as a network of informed allied professionals.

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