Forestry Committee

//Forestry Committee
Forestry Committee2018-08-20T09:24:56-04:00

The Forestry Committee (Anne, Annemiek, Chris, Joan, John, Lola, Peggy, and Rolf (chair))

Please consider joining us. We and the trees need your help!

Statement of Purpose and Scope

The purpose of the PARA Forestry Committee is to develop an understanding of the Playter Forest and encourage its health and growth. We are engaged in educating our residents about the Playter Forest and encouraging them to plant and maintain their trees.

What we have accomplished thus far

One of the first things we did as a committee was get in touch with the U of T’s Forestry Dept. They suggested we collaborate with four U of T Masters of Forest Conservation (MFC) students to develop The Playter Forest Management Plan (link.) The plan was completed in the fall of 2015. One of the first things the plan recommended was to conduct an inventory of the Playter Forest. In order to complete the inventory we needed to hire a MFC student for the summer of 2016. We were lucky to hire Maria Toledo-Garibaldi, a PhD canditate in the MFC program and were also lucky to receive the assistance of Celia Johnstone MFC student and with the further assistance of many PARA volunteer hours completed the field work during the summer of 2016 and received the final report in March 2017.

The Playter Forest Inventory 2016 is now available on our website. I gave a brief overview of the inventory report at the April, 2017 AGM.

Inventory Highlights

We measured 1104 trees (see Table 1, Page 22) in the Playter Forest. We used the Neighbourwoods methodology developed by Profs Kenney and Puric-Mladnovic of the U of T Forestry Dept.. We determined the species, measured the diameter at breast height, canopy width, conflicts with wires, buildings and signs and other data points that help determine overall tree health. We found that in general Playter private trees are in excellent health. We also found that many City trees (located in the road allowance zone between your property and the sidewalk) are maturing and declining in health. Although there are 97 different species found in the Playter Forest there are predominantly 3 species: Norway Maple, Tree of Heaven and White Mulberry. These three species are all non-native species.

The study mapped the City trees and graded their condition (see Map 2, Page 32.) The map shows that many of our City trees that are standing in front of our properties along the City streets are in poor condition and are being removed as they come to the end of their lifespan. The study also tried to identify potential planting spots. A map of City sites (Map 3, Page 55) shows potential plantable spots on City property.

What we are currently working on

Currently we are working with the City of Toronto’s Forestry Planting Department going over the potential planting sites the Playter Forest Inventory identified (link.) When we have a complete list of sites we intend to approach our members and neighbours to ask them if they would consider allowing the City to plant new trees wherever possible.

We are also planning to update our inventory to delete trees that have been removed and record new plantings.

Remember to water your trees especially if they have been planted recently.

Please join us!

Our committee is composed of residents interested in Playter’s urban forest. Much of our work is shared and accomplished via email with occasional meetings.

For further information or to join the committee please contact

Useful links and resources:

To ask the City of Toronto to plant a tree on City property either go on the City’s website and request a tree

To see the City’s current list of trees you can request go to

To have a tree planted on your property. LEAF (Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests) offers a wonderful tree planting service. Go to

To look at the City trees on your street please go to Note: it takes some work to get to the Playter Area but the resulting map is very detailed and can show you the tree species up and down your street and any other street in the Playter Area.

Other Residents Associations working to maintain and increase Toronto’s urban forest

Cabbagetown ReLeaf-

Leslieville-Riverdale Tree Project –

The Pocket – Phin Park and Greening Committee –

TreesPlease (Annex Residents’ Association) –