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REPORT TO:Community and Infrastructure Services Committee <br />DATE OF MEETING:April 15, 2019 <br />SUBMITTED BY:Niall Lobley, Director, Parks & Cemeteries, 519-741-2600 ext. 4518 <br />PREPARED BY:Niall Lobley and David Schmitt <br />WARD (S) INVOLVED:All <br />DATE OF REPORT:March 12, 2019 <br />REPORT NO.:INS-19-008 <br />SUBJECT:Approval of Sustainable Urban Forest Strategy (2019 2028) & <br /> Implementation Plan <br />__________________________________________________________________________________________ <br />RECOMMENDATION: <br />ThatSustainable Urban Forest Strategy (2019-2028), attached as Appendix A <br />to INS-19-008be approvedasengaging, <br />That the Implementation Plan, for the Sustainable Urban Forest Strategy, contained within <br />this report bereceived;and <br />Consideration of the recommendationshereinbe referred to the departmental business <br />planning process and future budget processes. <br />That staff be directed to provide a grant of up to $40,000 a year as approved in the 2019 <br />budget, to REEP Green Solutions to deliver a subsidised tree planting program in 2019, <br />2020 and 2021 <br />BACKGROUND: <br />Direction to develop <br />consideration comes from the 2015-2018 Strategic Plan for Kitchener. Within the Strategic <br />Priority Sustainable Environment and Infrastructure, strategy, 4.1 identifies the need to <br />manage and enhance the urban forest so that it continues to make a long-term contribution to <br />the livability of Kitchener, and the strategic action, SE06, requests that a sustainable urban forest <br />management program for public and private lands be developed. <br />With this direction staff developed in the winter of 2017 a Background Document Developing <br />a Sustainable Urban Forest Program, a tree canopy report based on 2014 GIS imagery and an <br />urban forest story map allowing residents to discover their urban forest in their neighbourhood. <br />***This information is available in accessible formats upon request. *** <br />Please call 519-741-2345 or TTY 1-866-969-9994for assistance. <br />8 - 1 <br />