Sustainable Urban Forest Strategy

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The City is updating its urban forest strategy and residents are welcome to share what parts of the urban forest are important to them, priority areas for trees, management of trees on public and private land.


How can I participate?

Take the survey

Help shape the urban forest vision and strategic directions for the Sustainable Urban Forest Strategy. The survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete and will be available until December 11th, 2022.

Take the survey here.

Submit an urban forest place

Submit places in Kelowna where you value the urban forest and places where you would like to see it improved. Explore other places submitted by clicking the pins on the map. We will be collecting your urban forest places until December 11th, 2022.

Submit a place here.

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What is an urban forest?

Kelowna’s urban forest includes trees, forests, plants, soils, and ecosystem components located within the city. The urban forest is a diverse mix of natural and planted trees spanning city streets, parks, private yards, and natural forest stands. The urban forest refers to any tree within Kelowna’s municipal boundary.


Why is it important?

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.


Why should I care?

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



The City is updating its urban forest strategy and residents are welcome to share what parts of the urban forest are important to them, priority areas for trees, management of trees on public and private land.


How can I participate?

Take the survey

Help shape the urban forest vision and strategic directions for the Sustainable Urban Forest Strategy. The survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete and will be available until December 11th, 2022.

Take the survey here.

Submit an urban forest place

Submit places in Kelowna where you value the urban forest and places where you would like to see it improved. Explore other places submitted by clicking the pins on the map. We will be collecting your urban forest places until December 11th, 2022.

Submit a place here.

Subscribe for updates

Please subscribe to this project page to stay informed.


What is an urban forest?

Kelowna’s urban forest includes trees, forests, plants, soils, and ecosystem components located within the city. The urban forest is a diverse mix of natural and planted trees spanning city streets, parks, private yards, and natural forest stands. The urban forest refers to any tree within Kelowna’s municipal boundary.


Why is it important?

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.


Why should I care?

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



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Your Urban Forest Map

19 days

On this map, you can add pins to share locations where you value the urban forest or where you think it needs improvement. 

How to Participate

With the map open, click the sign to add a pin. Try to place pins within Kelowna’s municipal boundary.

Use the green pinto show us a place where you value the urban forest. This could include a place to see wildlife, a tree that shades your home or neighbourhood park, a colourful specimen that brightens your day, or something else entirely!

Use the red pinto show us a place where you think the urban forest could be improved. This might be somewhere you’d like to see new trees planted or existing trees better cared for. It might also be a natural area where littering, fire hazard, or invasive species give you concern. Please tell us about whatever issues you see in the urban forest.

Leave a comment to describe why you value the urban forest at this location or how you think it could be improved.

See what others are saying by clicking on any pin already on the map!



Page last updated: 05 Dec 2022, 12:50 PM