Ecology Ottawa has been fighting tirelessly since 2014 to protect Ottawa’s trees, starting with our very first tree petition in 2015. In 2017, our city got some very exciting news when the City of Ottawa adopted its first ever Urban Forest Management Plan (UFMP), a long overdue push to protect Ottawa’s urban tree canopy at scale. Check out the plan here. This plan could drastically turn the tide for our city’s trees. With 26 recommendations, this plan has the potential to transform the face of Ottawa!
The caveat is: the plan must be implemented to its fullest extent. Which means that City Hall must commit the funds necessary to do so. Unfortunately, the UFMP was adopted without a commitment of funding, which up until recently wasn’t a problem…
Part of the Urban Forest Management Plan involves the City of Ottawa updating the Tree Conservation Bylaw, a bylaw that would fundamentally improve tree protection in our city. This past spring, City Hall decided to delay the Tree Conservation Bylaw. Tree defenders all across Ottawa took up the call by demanding action from our councillors. We were well heard: City Hall unanimously approved a motion to implement the Tree Conservation By-law in full by January 1st, 2021.
We are incredibly thankful to everyone who has put in the time and effort to defend Ottawa’s trees. You truly make a difference for trees in our city. But our work is not done: despite the City’s promise, the Urban Forest Management Plan is at risk of more delays and a lack of funding. Make your voice heard to make sure the plan’s many components – including the Tree Conservation By-law – are implemented in full and on time by signing the petition to defend Ottawa’s trees!