Monday, February 9, 2015
NEW TORONTO ONE OF THE "LEAST TREED" AREAS IN THE CITY - IMPLICATIONS FOR SAM SMITH PARK
Aerial imagery for the City of Toronto in 2009 showed that forest cover represented at little more than one-quarter (26.6 per cent) of the city’s total land area, representing about 10.2 million trees. That’s up from 25.3 per cent a decade earlier. Toronto’s trees are mostly found on private property, accounting for 60 per cent of the city’s trees, with 34 per cent in the city’s parks and natural areas and six per cent lining our streets.
Toronto’s most treed neighbourhoods are:
• Rosedale - Moore Park, 61.8 % • Bridle Path-Sunnybrook-York Mills, 55.6 %
• Mount Pleasant East, 54.8 per cent
• Morningside, 53.8 %
• Forest Hill South, 51.2 %
Toronto’s least treed neighbourhoods are:
• Bay Street Corridor, 6.7 %
• Junction Area, 6.7 %
• Milliken, 8.1 %
• New Toronto, 8.7 %
• Humber Summit, 8.8 %
This information all comes from a comprehensive tree study released bythe City of Toronto in 2010 and updated in 2013 titled Every Tree Counts: A Portrait of Toronto’s Urban Forest.