City of Regina receives Tree City of the World designation
The City of Regina is among nine Canadian cities to be recognized with the Tree Cities of the World designation by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Arbor Day Foundation.
This international program celebrates cities that meet the five core standards for care and planning of urban trees and forests: establish responsibility, set the rules, know what you have, allocate the resources and celebrate achievements.
“This designation is the result of generations of care and attention dating back to the founding of Regina,” said Regina Mayor Michael Fougere. “Our residents are passionate and enthusiastic about our trees and recognize the value of a thriving urban forest to our quality of life.”
The City has just over 179,000 trees in its street and park inventory and continues its work to increase that number to one tree per person in public spaces. Last fall, the City celebrated the contribution of 100 new trees donated by Tree Canada and each year the Lady Bug event in Victoria Park helps to educate young residents on tree care and natural pest control.
“The City is proud to receive this designation that recognizes the dedicated work and planning that goes into caring for our trees,” says Diana Hawryluk, Executive Director, City Planning & Community Development. “Employing leading urban forest management practices, and guided by the Official Community Plan, our work focuses on ensuring a healthy urban forest.”
The Tree Cities of the World program celebrates cities across all continents that meet core standards for the care and planning of urban trees and forests. The vision of the program is to connect cities around the world in a new network dedicated to sharing and adopting the most successful approaches to managing city trees and forests. A total of 59 cities have earned the international designation.
Investment in our urban forest benefits the whole community. Along with aesthetic appeal, trees aid in removing air pollutants, create habitat for wildlife, provide shade and help keep homes cool in the summer months, give protection from the wind and assist in managing stormwater runoff.