About Us

The Ontario Urban Forest Council (OUFC)  is a not-for-profit volunteer organization dedicated to the health of the urban forests in the province of Ontario.

Our membership is varied & includes arborists, foresters, landscape architects, nurserymen, planners, municipalities, restoration specialists, environmentalists, conservation authorities, green advocates and many other individuals from the public interested and concerned about trees. The OUFC was formerly the Ontario Shade Tree Council (OSTC). In 2001, the name was changed to better reflect our ecological approach to urban forests and arboriculture. The OSTC evolved as a Council in 1964 from the Metro Toronto and Region Dutch Elm Disease Control Committee which was established in 1961 to investigate the control of Dutch Elm Disease.

What We Do

  • Act as a hub of information about trees – their benefits and conservation
  • Public outreach and engagement
  • Offer periodic educational workshops on various topics relating to tree conservation in cities
  • Host an Annual Conference and Annual General Meeting each November
  • Advocate for urban forest conservation at the provincial and municipal level
  • Develop cross-sectoral partnerships to advance the principles of urban forest planning, stewardship and conservation

Where We Are

Ontario Urban Forest Council
P.O. Box 32166
Harding Post Office
Richmond Hill, Ontario
L4C 9S3