The "Urban Forest Strategic Management Plan/Trinity Bellwoods Park," which was commissioned by Friends of Trinity Bellwoods Park (FoTBP) from graduate students of the University of Toronto’s esteemed Masters of Forest Conservation program as a tool for prioritising our activities, is now complete.
The report includes a comprehensive list of every tree in the park and it's status vis a vis size and health, and contains information about the park's eco-system, a brief summary of the city codes/bylaws which govern its care, planting programs and educational resources, ideas for heritage tree recognition, a template for a 20 year planting and care plan, and some ideas for public education activities to promote public care of our urban forest in general and the Trinity Bellwoods Park in particular. It's a wonderful resource of data and ideas for the Friends of Trinity Bellwoods Park and all its neighbors and stakeholders -- and a great snapshot of the park’s trees as of summer 2009.
Friends of Trinity Bellwoods is continuing to study the report's ideas and recommendations to determine what is feasible and appropriate for our group. (For instance, the report's suggestion to offer pruning workshops to the public for park trees is not something FoTB would take on unless Parks and Forestry was involved and approved of it.)
In the meantime, FoTB has three immediate goals for this document which we are pleased to share:
Friends of Trinity Bellwoods would like to thank the following for their generous contribution to the preparation of this document: University of Toronto graduate student Brian Volz, University of Toronto Professor Andy Kenney and the University of Toronto Forestry Conservation program. For their continued stewardship of the trees at Trinity Bellwoods, we would also like to thank the following community volunteers: Victoria Taylor and Patricia Cavanagh.
The report has been shared with our local City Councillor, the Director of Toronto Parks, our local Parks Supervisor, Parks' urban Forestry department and our area Parks Program Officer/Horticulture and Natural Environment who have all been encouraged to share it with others who may find it useful or informative.
FoTBP is pleased to make it available, as well as a complete list of the park's trees and a link to a very nifty, interactive work-in-progress Google Earth map of the trees which was created by Professor Andy Kenney from the data (Summer 2012 note: this map is temporarily unavailable while it is being updated).
The report may not be republished without the consent of the FoTBP, but excerpts are welcome. Please credit FoTBP and the report's authors when excerpted.
Here's also a gallery of photos of the inventory being undertaken.
The Friends of Trinity Bellwoods Park has been working closely with the City of Toronto for many years to improve the health of the tree canopy and green space in the Park. To better inform future planting decisions and work to re -establish an ‘Arboretum’ status for the Park, the Friends’ have initiated a project this summer to inventory and assess all of the 800+ trees in the Park.
Brian Volz, a University of Toronto graduate student in Forest Conservation, will undertake the study using the Neighbourwoods method, a community-based urban forest inventory protocol developed by UofT professor Andy Kenney. The information collected by Volz will be entered into the province-wide Neighbourwoods database to be used by the community in collaboration with City staff to make improvements to the park. The information is presented in a way that is useful to community members with no formal forestry knowledge who want to learn about the trees in the Park.
Mr. Volz, a Trinity-Spadina resident with a background in cartography and land surveying will be in the park on Saturdays throughout July and August and is happy to answer questions about the project. Please stop by and say hello.
For more information about Neighbourwoods, follow this link: www.forestry.utoronto.ca/neighbourwoods/manual/
Visit the Friends website to learn more about their projects in the park. You can self-subscribe to receive emails from the Friends to stay in touch about general neighbourhood issues and the farmers market. www.trinitybellwoods.ca.