In keeping with commitments made in its Plan for Canada’s Capital, 2017–2067, and Sustainable Development Strategy, 2018–2023, the NCC is developing a forest strategy which will guide the management of trees and forests on NCC lands over the coming decades. As part of this initiative, we are inviting members of the public to share their vision and priorities for natural and urban forests in the National Capital Region.
About the strategy
The NCC’s forest strategy will include the following components:
- a vision and objectives for the next 30 years
- a five-year action plan
- a collection of detailed tree management guidelines to improve the management of trees and forests on NCC lands
The strategy will address the management of trees and forests in urban areas, as well as in natural areas like the Greenbelt and Gatineau Park.
Regional partnerships are key to protecting trees and forests across the National Capital Region. The NCC will work with the Ville de Gatineau and City of Ottawa to identify shared goals and more effectively coordinate action.
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A second round of both in-person and online public consultations on a draft of the strategy will be held by spring 2020. The forest strategy is scheduled to be completed and published in the fall of 2020.
Trees and forests provide us with many environmental, social and economic benefits. They absorb harmful gasses and release oxygen for us to breathe; provide habitat for wildlife; and protect us from the sun and from noise pollution. They help to drain away excess rain and snowmelt; increase property values; enrich the beauty of our landscapes; and contribute to the social and psychological well-being of our communities, among many other benefits.
Trees and forests cover approximately 73 percent of lands owned and managed by the NCC. This is measured by assessing canopy cover, which is the proportion of an area that is covered by tree leaves and branches. Gatineau Park has the largest expanse of forest canopy cover (approximately 91 percent), followed by urban lands in Quebec (about 70 percent), official residences (about 59 percent), urban lands in Ontario (approximately 52 percent) and the Greenbelt (approximately 48 percent). In addition to the benefits outlined above, these trees and forests play an essential role in making the National Capital Region a scenic and natural place of which all Canadians can be proud.