Green space and tree canopy 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. It is hard to believe that nearly every tree growing in Regina was planted by hand.
To continue to provide the benefits of trees to our community, The City of Regina Urban Forest Management Strategy (UFMS) 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.
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 (UFMS Appendix “D”) 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, open 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 (UFMS Appendix “D”: Tree Planting Priorities, Requirements, Procedures and Specifications.