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Compendium of Best Urban Forest Management Practices

This resource outlines some of the best components and technical standards of an urban forest program

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Welcome to the first version of the Compendium of Best Management Practices for Canadian Urban Forests (2006) developed by Adrina C. Bardekjian, MFC. Simply put, urban forests’ time has come. As Canada moves into the 21st century, the 80%+ of Canadians who live in urban communities are increasingly concerned about the viability of their forests. And not just for aesthetic reasons, but for the many ecological, architectural, climatic, psychological and monetary reasons as well. These concerns are pushing the Canadian urban forest envelope like never before. Employment in urban forestry is at an all-time high. Urban forests are making their way into municipal and provincial legislation and into national strategic documents. Membership in urban forest organizations is at an all-time high. Municipalities are being increasingly engaged in strategic urban forest planning. Heritage tree protection is becoming widespread. Environmental and forestry conferences are increasingly including Canada’s 9th Forest Region (its urban forests) in their discussions and agendas. Think of this document as the prototype to help you the practitioner with the very best in management practices to ensure that these forests flourish making Canada’s cities that much more liveable and an even greater envy of the world. Use it well.

Michael Rosen, R.P.F.
President, Tree Canada

Purpose of the Compendium

The purpose of the Compendium is to provide a web-based resource which outlines for municipalities, residents and elected officials some of the components and technical standards of a municipally-based urban forest program. Offering websites, links to on-line resources, initiatives and programs, the Compendium is a dynamic document. We welcome your suggestions for any new additions (or deletions) to the site (see the Submissions section).

We would like to thank the Canadian Forest Service, a sector of Natural Resources Canada, for sponsoring this project of Tree Canada. We would also like to extend our appreciation to everyone who provided comments: Andy Kenney, David Domke, Tony Fleischmann, Mark Peterson, Stephen Smith, Julian Ambrosii and Bernard Kradjian.

Adrina C. Bardekjian, MFC, PhD, Author

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