The NCC’s green network provides essential ecosystem services in the Capital Region. The estimated value of forest ecosystems is $174 million per year. Trees and forests provide us with many environmental, social and economic benefits:

  • They absorb harmful gasses, and release oxygen for us to breathe.
  • They provide habitat for wildlife.
  • They protect us from the sun and decrease noise pollution.
  • They help to drain away excess rain and snowmelt.
  • They increase property values.
  • They enrich the beauty of our landscapes.
  • They contribute to the social and psychological well-being of our communities.

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 to ensure that the trees and forests on the lands that it manages are diverse, connected and resilient.

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
  • planting priorities and targets

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.

A 2019 study mapped and measured the size of the extensive tree canopy in Canada’s Capital Region. The data from this study will inform the strategy.

Public and stakeholder engagement

An online public consultation on a draft of the strategy will be held by fall 2020. Stakeholders were consulted in fall 2019.

The forest strategy is scheduled to be completed and published in January 2021.

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