Engagement for phase 2 of the Sustainable Urban Forest Strategy is now open. Read the draft strategy here!

Kelowna’s urban forest is the total collection of trees and their growing environments found within the City’s boundary, whether on public or private property. We all play a role in ensuring a healthy urban forest, and the draft Sustainable Urban Forest Strategy was developed based on previous engagement, research, modelling, and analysis.

Our urban forest is an essential part of climate resilience, as well as the community’s character, livability, and biodiversity. Consequently, the City is engaging on the Sustainable Urban Forest Strategy together with the new draft Climate Resilient Kelowna Strategy.

We want to ensure that the Strategies reflect what we heard from the community. Click the button below to have your say in the two-part survey on both draft strategies and be entered to win one of two hanging baskets or one of two promo codes for 240 free minutes to Kelowna's shared micromobility program (i.e., e-scooters and e-bikes).

You may want to have the strategies open in a separate window before beginning the survey.


How to get involved

Complete the joint Climate Resilient Kelowna and Sustainable Urban Forest Strategies survey by clicking the button above.

Attend one of the two in person open houses to discuss either of the strategies with the project teams:

  • May 23 4-6 p.m. at Parkinson Recreation Centre
  • June 6 4- 6 p.m. at the Kelowna Downtown Library, upstairs

Attend a virtual presentation and open house and for the Sustainable Urban Forest Strategy:

  • May 29 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Register to attend at the bottom of the page, and you will receive a link prior to the virtual session.

The urban forest is all trees, forests, plants, soils, and ecosystem components located within the City’s boundary. It encompasses all trees, whether on public or private property and whether planted or naturally occurring.

The urban forest is an essential part of Kelowna’s character, livability, biodiversity, and the community’s climate resilience. Caring for the urban forest is a shared responsibility of the City and all residents, businesses, institutions, and other land stewards.

The City of Kelowna is updating the Sustainable Urban Forest Strategy, developed in 2011. The updated Strategy will address new and emerging challenges for the urban forest, including the following drivers of change:


The Sustainable Urban Forest Strategy will provide:

  • A 10-year implementation plan and monitoring framework guiding Kelowna's urban forest management
  • Baseline information on the current state of Kelowna’s urban forest
  • A renewed vision for the urban forest that reflects what we heard through the first phase of engagement and understand from Imagine Kelowna
  • Updated goals, recommendations, and targets

Learn more about the strategy by flipping through the images below!


Survey

Our urban forest is an essential part of climate resilience. The City has also just released a new Climate Resilient Kelowna Strategy and are engaging on the two strategies as they are inter-related. Take the survey to provide your input on the strategies here.

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