Currently, Hamilton's urban tree canopy is dismally low at only 21%, with a target of increasing to 30% by 2050- which we think extremely weak!! Healthy, enhanced tree canopy is critical for community well being and climate resilience (a no-brainer, nature-based solution). We have to do better. Happily, the City of Hamilton has a quick poll and more opportunity to comment on the draft Urban Forest Strategy on their Engage Hamilton website. Now is your chance to have your say, and let the City know you care about improving our urban tree canopy.
Also, there will be a virtual public meeting hosted by the city to explain the strategy and take questions on Tuesday Feb 9, 2021 from 6:30pm – 8pm, you can register at the Engage Hamilton webpage for the Urban Forest Strategy.
Finally, Environment Hamilton and the Hamilton Naturalists' Club recently held a webinar that helped break down the City's draft Urban forest strategy. Here is the link--very useful to help you understand some of the concerns we have, and some of the things we approve of.