Urban Forest Research

There are several organizations currently researching how we can better manage and protect our urban forest. Trees Winnipeg is proud to be a partner in these exciting projects!

 

Understanding the Value of our Urban Forest

Our urban forest does a lot for us – it provides shelter and affects our micro-climate and air quality, provides a home for urban wildlife, helps to manage storm water runoff, reduces our heating and cooling costs, and even raises our property values. Have you ever wondered how much all these benefits are worth? What would it cost Winnipeggers if all our trees were gone? Trees Winnipeg is currently collecting data across the city to find out. The University of Winnipeg and the City of Winnipeg are key supporters of this project.

 

Preserving a Living Landmark: The Broadway Elms

Winnipeg’s urban forest consists of an estimated 8 million trees, which are subject to a variety of stresses, including compacted soil, soil moisture extremes and reduced soil fertility. The City of Winnipeg foresters are interested in improving the growing conditions of mature trees to improve their health and longevity. Broadway is a high-density thoroughfare in downtown Winnipeg, the sidewalks and median of which are lined with mature elm trees. Due to the area’s age, and prominent location, the elms along Broadway hold special significance for Winnipeg residents and visitors and the declining health of these trees are of particular concern. Given the wide range of impacts caused by poor soil conditions, soil amendments or additives may be a useful tool for improving growing conditions for urban trees.  The goals of this project are to:  1) Compare the condition of mature elms along Broadway to that of elms in other parts of the city; 2) Determine how mature elms in a high-traffic urban environment respond to vertical mulching treatments; and 3) Provide recommendations to urban forest managers for improving growing conditions to maintain or improve the condition of mature urban trees. This long-term research project is lead by the University of Winnipeg.