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Preliminary collection of old growth trees within the city boundary
Preliminary collection of old growth trees within the city boundary
2020

As part of this research I am developing a comprehensive database of mature trees that are 150 years or older in the City of Hamilton. By identifying these trees as important community anchors with cultural and ecological value, this body of research discusses strategies for tapping into root systems of established trees to site new forest oases within the city.

Through expanding notions of ‘conservation’ beyond Cootes Paradise conservation lands, this project will assist the city of Hamilton with a rationale to increase Hamilton’s urban forest from 21% to 30% and introduce a private tree bylaw.

The culmination of this project outlines a strategy for fencing off mature trees within the city and introducing a restoration program that entrusts the stewardship of the urban forest to children through implementation of forest management education in local schools.