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Strategy for a greener York Region

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From planting trees to educating residents on the protection of forests, York Region’s Greening Strategy is yielding benefits for both people and nature.

York Region continues to work with local and municipal partners to protect and preserve environmental lands and increase tree canopy and woodland cover, with a goal of increasing woodland cover to 25% by 2031. Woodland cover was last reported as 23.2% in 2017.

Greening Strategy actions include:

  • Stewardship and Education - Engaging residents through events, hikes and education programs
  • Enhancement and Rehabilitation - Planting more than 101,000 trees and shrubs and creating 44.4 hectares of new woodlands
  • Protection and Preservation - Protecting more than 1,360 hectares of environmental lands since 2001 and partnering with Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust to protect the 32.5-hectare Maple Cross Nature Reserve
  • Leadership and Innovation - Achieved Canada’s first Living Building Challenge certification for the Bill Fisch Forest Stewardship and Education Centre

Woodland cover and canopy cover, created by the leaves and tree crowns, can help fight the effects of climate change by slowing storm water run-off, help lower summer temperatures, reduce energy needed to cool and heat buildings, improve air quality and stabilize our water table.

For information on the benefits of trees and York Region’s tree planting programs, visit york.ca/treeplanting



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