Green space and foliage play a significant role in a city. Urban forests provide: multiple environmental benefits (such as removing pollution from the air, assisting with water drainage and erosion, providing shade and producing oxygen); ecological benefits in providing a habitat for flora and wildlife; and make our city attractive by providing a distinct character to a neighborhood. In addition, it can help residents moderate the stress of urban life.
There is a growing focus on green space and the positive impact it has on contributing to a sustainable and healthy city. A recent report by the Municipal Benchmarking Network Canada compared the percent of parkland in municipalities. It indicates that Regina is ranked among the highest of cities with 9.0% of its municipality being parkland, well above the national average of 6.5%. This is good news for residents.
Managing this amount of parkland and continuing to provide the benefits of green space and foliage to our community requires a plan. The City of Regina Urban Forest Management Strategy is a comprehensive plan which includes policies, standards and specifications for maintaining Regina’s urban forest. Here you will find everything from how the current tree population is maintained and how to manage and guide our city’s growing urban forest in a sustainable practice. It is hard to believe that nearly every tree growing in Regina was planted by hand.
The City of Regina must adhere to this, in addition to Developers of public space, including when green space is developed in a new neighbourhood. Tree Planting Priorities, Requirements, Procedures and Specifications provide a comprehensive outline to construction and development specifications for new communities and also includes valuable guidelines for residents landscaping their new yard or redeveloping an existing yard.
The guidelines includes the preferred species diversity percentage for parks, opens space and residential sites. It also includes a list of tree types and suitability for different locations such as public open spaces and trees that will be located along the streets of houses or city boulevards.
To learn more about the recommended tree types and where and how to plant them, visit Regina’s Tree Planting Priorities, Requirements, Procedures and Specifications.