The City has retained William & Associates to complete the assessment phase of the Urban Forest Management Project.

Williams & Associates is one of the most experienced and innovative forestry consulting firms in southern Ontario and its principal is well-known for his experience in urban forestry inventory and assessment, strategic and management planning and operations. They specialize in helping move forward municipal programs in these areas. 

Community Engagement Opportunity:

In Task 2 Phase 2 of this project residents will have the opportunity to provide engagement and feedback regarding the Urban Forest Management Plan and Strategy for the City. The strategy provides for the Urban Forest Management Plan to represent what the community tells the City that it wants. Public survey closed in January of 2023; the results of this survey will allow the City to focus on ideas from the community to guide in the selection of strategies to adopt to improve urban forest management in Port Colborne.

The next stage of this project is to hold a public engagement session. This will provide an opportunity for the community to guide the next phase of the project.

Public Information Centre - June 12, 2023

Public Information Centre - June 12, 2023

Monday June 12, 2023
Start at 6:00pm with Presentation at 6:30pm

Council Chambers, 3rd Floor,
Port Colborne City Hall located at
66 Charlotte Street, Port Colborne

Opportunity for public to gain insight and provide engagement and feedback regarding the Urban Forest Management Plan and Strategy for the City


Documents from the June 12, 2023 Public Information Centre:

To make sure your feedback is heard, fill in and submit the last 2 pages of the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats Analysis document and/or submit your feedback about the Public Information Centre documents in general to the Climate Change Coordinator at by June 23, 2023.


 Project Description 


  1. Urban Forest Inventory and Assessment


The Urban Forest Assessment together with the Urban Forest Management Plan (UFMP) will aim to increase, protect, and maintain the City of Port Colborne’s urban forest, develop community interest in urban trees and further public health and safety. The UFMP will satisfy other goals and priorities of the City of Port Colborne including community awareness and education on the importance of urban trees, tree canopy and greenhouse gas reduction and increased development of the tree canopy in disadvantaged community areas.


The trees and woodlands of The City of Port Colborne’s urban forest will be maintained and enhanced for the long term, in recognition of the valued environmental, social and economic services they provide. The City will work with its partners and the community in the urban and rural areas to ensure that this essential resource is managed effectively to maximize tree cover and health, increase native biodiversity, minimize risks to public.


The UFMP will proactively guide the preservation, management, and enhancement of the City’s trees and forests on public owned lands in the urban area for a 20-year period as well as a focused 5-year operational plan. It is intended that the recommendations over time will transition the City from a reactive to a proactive urban forest management, thereby increasing operational efficiency and effectiveness, improving tree health and diversity, reducing risk to the public and increasing the wide-ranging benefits provided by a healthy and sustainable urban forest.


The 5-year operational plan in consultation with the UFMP will assist the municipality to guide recommendations and funding for park and street side maintenance in rural and urban environments. This plan will provide a road map of strategic priorities for years 2023-2027, inclusive of timelines, staffing and resource needs.

 Project Schedule 

The tender closed on June 27, 2022

Project was awarded August 2022


The expected completion for the phase 1 assessment is October 2022.

 Project Cost 
  • Assessment and Inventory - $85,000 (estimated)