Name of Organization: Guelph-Wellington Branch of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario (ACO)
Event: Public Forum: What Value Urban Forests?
Brian DePratto, Toronto Dominion Bank, Toronto
Toni Ellis, Ontario Urban Forest Council, Ontario Heritage Tree Program, Elora
Timea Filer, Urban Forestry Field Technician, City of Guelph
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Wellington County Museum 0536 Wellington Road 18 (between Fergus & Elora)
Contact: D’Arcy McGee Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
No charge for ACO members
$5 charge for non-members
What Value Are Urban Forests?
According to a study by TD Bank’s Chief Economist Craig Alexander, the value of Toronto’s urban forest is estimated to be $7 billion, or about $700 per tree. For every $1 spent to maintain the urban forest, Toronto is returned $1.35 to $3.20 worth of benefits for the residents of that city. According to this report, therefore, each mature tree cut down represents a loss of $700.
Those trees and the shrubs and plants that grow in our yards and parks and line the streets of our towns and cities also represent an important investment in our environmental condition, human health and societal wellbeing. Their significance to our cultural landscapes cannot be overstated.
Meanwhile, all this greenery is busy throwing oxygen into the air, filtering out dust and pollutants, sheltering birds and other wildlife while improving our neighbourhoods with its beauty. Join us at the Wellington County Museum on October 20 to hear more.
Next ACO Event: Tour of the Basilica of Our Lady with architect Roberto Chiotti, Wednesday November 18. Details to follow.