Want to learn more about the urban forest?


Kerry McLaven, CEO, Forest Gene Conservation Association, presented “Butternut: How did we get here, what is next for recovery, and what have we learned?” – Watch recording of presentation here

Sheila Boudreau, Founder, SpruceLab, presented “Forests, First Peoples, & future cities” – Watch recording of presentation here 

Peter Wynnyczuk, Executive Director, Ontario Urban Forest Council, presented “Tree bylaws and policies overview, how are they working and are they needed?” – Watch recording of presentation here

Peter Duinker, Professor Emeritus, School for Resource and Environmental Studies, Dalhousie University, presented “Fostering stronger relationships between urban people and their trees” – Watch recording of presentation here

Lorien Nesbitt, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia, presented “Urban nature for equitable cities” – Watch recording of presentation here

Russell Horsey, Chartered Arboriculturalist, Woodland Dwelling, UK presented “Working with politicians and the public, a love-hate relationship for many trees” – Watch recording of presentation here and a short video on his projects here

Jacqueline Scott, PhD Student, University of Toronto, Into the Woods: A Black Perspective — Watch recording of presentation here

Christopher Neilan,  Arboriculturist & Landscape Professional, CAVAT Program — Watch recording of presentation here

Steve Robinson, Manager of Urban Forestry, City of Burlington — Watch recording of presentation here

Martha Copestake, Forester, Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development, City of Ottawa — Watch recording of presentation here

Jane Welsh, Project Manager, Environmental Planning, City of Toronto —  Watch recording of presentation here

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The following are some of the schools in Ontario offering urban forestry education

Humber College Urban Arboriculture

Flemming College Urban Forestry Technician

Ontario Professional Foresters Association is responsible for regulating the practice of professional forestry in Ontario and anyone legally practicing professional forestry in Ontario must be a member.

University of Toronto Faculty of Forestry is a unified body of interdisciplinary, diverse, dedicated and innovative natural, engineering and social scientists.

More useful resources

In Ontario:

Forest Gene Conservation Association  

Green Infrastructure Ontario

Landowner Resource Centre (RVCA)

Natural Resources Canada Trees Insects and Diseases 

Forest Gene Conservation Association

Bumble Bee Watch is a collaborative citizen science effort to track and conserve North America’s bumble bees.

Citizen’s Environmental Alliance is a non-profit, grass-roots, international, education and research organization committed to an ecosystem approach to environmental planning and management.

Friends of Rouge National Urban Park  is a group to help along the establishment and operation of ROUGE NATIONAL URBAN PARK as it was agreed to be by the City of Toronto, City of Markham, the Province of Ontario and the Government of Canada, and community groups and individuals.

Lost Rivers  encourages understanding of the city as a part of nature rather than apart from it, and to appreciate and cherish our heritage.

Archangel Ancient Tree Archive  The mission of Archangel Ancient Tree Archive is to: Propagate the world’s most important old growth trees before they are gone. Archive the genetics of ancient trees in living libraries around the world for the future.

TRCA Toronto Region Conservation Authority works with our partners to ensure that The Living City is built on a natural foundation of healthy rivers and shorelines, greenspace and biodiversity, and sustainable communities.

Back to Nature Network is a diverse and growing group of organizations uniting to build capacity to connect children, youth and families with nature in ongoing and meaningful ways.

Forests Ontario takes forest renewal efforts to new heights, encouraging and supporting landowners in their efforts to plant and manage their forests, and creating a strong public presence advocating for abundant, healthy and sustainable forests.

Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund  provides grants for environmental projects in the Great Lakes area.

Heritage Tree Foundation- Alberta’s Heritage Trees   The Heritage Tree Foundation of Canada was formed in September 2002 to develop the Alberta Heritage Tree Project. The Mandate of the HTF is to To facilitate and promote stewardship and conservation of trees as an integral part of nature’s ecosystem.

Maple Leaves Forever  We are charitable foundation called the Maple Leaves Forever Foundation (MLF), Registration No. 875341927 that advocates and supports the planting of native Canadian maples in increasing numbers across the rural and urban landscape of southern Ontario.

Ontario Invasive Plant Council  is a non-profit, multi-agency organization founded in April 2007 by a group of individuals and organizational representatives who saw the need for a coordinated provincial response to the growing threat of invasive plants.

In Canada:

The Canadian Urban Forest Network

Ancient Forest Alliance  is a British Columbian organization working to protect the endangered old-growth forests of BC and to ensure sustainable forestry jobs in the province.

Tree Canada

Canadian Urban forest Network CUFN is a pan-Canadian action group who speaks for Canada’s urban forests. The Network is composed of municipal foresters, provincial and federal environmental and natural resource agencies, professional organizations, business associations, educational institutions, non-governmental organizations, and community groups.


State Foresters  is a non-profit organization comprised of the directors of forestry agencies in the states, territories and the District of Columbia of the United States.

Society of Ecological Restoration