Trees Planted by the Region
What is the indicator and why measure it?
This indicator indentifies the Region's tree planting projects and measures the number of trees planted. Trees are a precious natural resource. They provide habitats and travel corridors for wildlife, They beautify our communities, purify the air, act as sound barriers and produce oxygen. Trees play an important role in our urban and rural settings. The number of trees planted by the Region provides a snapshot of action taken to improve our quality of life and enhance our natural heritage.
Recognition of Environmental Champions
The Region of Waterloo plants trees to acknowledge our staff Environmental Champions - employees who voluntarily participate in the TravelWise program to commute sustainably to work, initiated corporate sustainability initiatives or incorporate sustainability into their daily lives and encourage others as well. For each Environmental Champion, a tree is planted within the Grand River watershed – over 200 trees have been planted to date as a part of this program. Tree planting initiatives are in partnership with the Grand River Conservation Foundation and have included plantings at Snyder's Flat in Woolwich and Pioneer Tower area in Kitchener.
Tree planting in Regional road projects
Noise from roadways and other urban activities is reduced by well-placed trees that act as sound barriers. In road construction projects that require landscaping, anytime one tree is removed, two are replanted where feasible. Where landscape buffers are provided for noise attenuation, enhanced landscaping beyond the 2-for-1 tree planting practice is implemented within the road allowance where possible. The Region, in collaboration with the Township of Woolwich Environmental Enhancement Committee (TWEEC), plan plant a live snow fence to replace a 500 m section of temporary snow fence adjacent to Regional Road 85 with a live snow fence. A mixture of native trees, shrubs and grasses to form a naturalized wind break on farm land. The Region currently utilizes temporary snow fences to help reduce the amount of snow that blows onto its roadways. A live snow fence can minimize the annual maintenance costs associated with temporary snow fence by forming a permanent windbreak.
Tree planting at the Waterloo Landfill
As of 2005, 19,300 square metres of the Waterloo landfill site had been capped and re-vegetated with trees and shrubs with the long-term goal to visually blend back the site with the Environmentally Sensitive Policy Area, and make the land available for passive recreation use. Native species of shallow-rooted trees and shrubs are planted. These areas are evaluated on a regular basis and maintained as required. In total, the re-vegetated areas at the Waterloo landfill cover an area of 2.8 hectares and contain over 11,250 trees and shrubs.
Rural Water Quality Program tree planting
The Region, in partnership with the Grand River Conservation Authority, has supported the Rural Water Quality Program since 1998. Hundreds of projects have been implemented to ensure rural waster quality including the planting of over 130,000 trees along the watershed.
Environmental stewardship is an important part of the Region of Waterloo's Environmental Sustainability Strategy. This includes protecting and managing the 16 forest systems owned by the Region, and overseeing the new Conservation of Trees in Woodlands By-Law, also known as the Tree By-Law.
Regional Forest Management Plan