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. 

 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

Please see the Gantt Chart for a detailed outline of the project schedule.

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

Task 2 Phase 2 of this project in October 2022, residents will have the opportunity to provide engagement and feedback regarding the Urban Forest Management Plan and Strategy for the City. The strategy provide for the Urban Forest Management Plan to represent what the community tells the City that it wants. The ideas will help to select strategies to improve urban forest management as Port Colborne grows.  

 

The engagement strategy will be posted to the City website in mid-September.