Whether you use a pencil and notebook or a sophisticated GPS system, knowing what’s growing is key. Here’s how:

TreeOcode NiagaraTreeOcode Niagara

TreeOcode is an community engagment initative to create a database of the trees located within the Niagara Region's 12 municipalities. 

Small Mammals Can Make a DifferenceSmall Mammals Can Make a Difference


Last spring, a concerned citizen approached the LEAF table I was manning to talk to me about the newly planted trees along St. Clair Avenue West. She wanted to complain that the new trees—added to the streetscape as part of the Transit Improvement Project—had been planted incorrectly. I wasn’t sure how I could confirm this, but decided to have a look anyway. Riding my bike the two blocks, I discovered something far more shocking. Of the 54 London planetrees that had been recently planted on St.

Native Trees and ShrubsNative Trees and Shrubs


This is a database of native trees and shrubs of our area. It is important to use native species as much as possible. In Ontario alone there are hundreds of species of non-native plants that are garden escapes and are now colonizing once-natural habitats. While not all non-native species of trees and shrubs are highly invasive, those that are compete with native species that are better adapted to the local environment.

Seeing the Forest in the TreesSeeing the Forest in the Trees


Knowing what you've got is the first step in deciding where to go next. 

Trained volunteers in Peterborough visited public and private properties in the City to collect valuable information about tree species, size, condition and potential problems.  During the process, both volunteers and property owners learned a great deal about local trees!

The collective information showed which species were too numerous, which were thriving, the value of the trees, and many more trends to help the community with future planning.

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