WHAT: TreesCount Inventory & Urban Forest Tour of Westdale
WHEN: Tuesday August 19th from 6-7:30pm
WHERE: Churchill Park (beside the lawn bowling club at the corner of Haddon Ave. N and Marion Ave. N - see purple pin on the map below). Networking to follow at Snooty Fox Pub in Westdale.
Urban forests - natural and planted trees in the city - vastly improve life in the city, as they provide a host of environmental, social and economic benefits and services. Considering the benefits we obtain from our urban forests, we know very little about them and invest very little time and resources into their care or stewardship. TreesCount is an urban forest inventory project coordinated by the Hamilton Naturalists' Club, which is collecting important data about the health of Westdale's urban forest and trying to raise awareness of the importance of our hardworking urban trees! To date, approximately 20 local volunteers have spent upwards of 200 hours collecting comprehensive data about the health of over 800 trees and we are still counting! Please join the Hamilton Naturalists' Club, Urban Forest Project Coordinator, Giuliana Casimirri, and Certified Arborist, Kyle McLoughlin, on an interactive urban forest tour and inventory session in Westdale. They will describe the TreesCount inventory protocol and present some preliminary findings, and talk about the history of Westdale's urban forest, and current urban forest policy and management issues. TreeCount volunteers will also be attending to share their insights after having measured, plotted and identified over 800 trees!