Charlottetown's Urban Forest

The trees that make up our urban forest not only make our City beautiful, they contribute to the health of our citizens and have economic benefits, recreational benefits and environmental benefits. 

Charlottetown has a rich history related to our urban forest. Many of the trees we still see today date back to the 1800’s and were planted by school children on Arbor Day. Some of which are elm trees that are amongst the very largest trees in the City - majestic elms that grace our streets and parks. The City still celebrates Arbor Day every year by inviting schools to bring their students out to plant trees in our City parks. 

Charlottetown’s has over 7000 street trees as well as many trees in our parks, woodlands, hedgerows and riparian zones. This urban forest provides habitat for wildlife; reduces stormwater runoff and erosion; cleans our water and air; shelters us from the wind and cold in the winter and the sun in the summer; contributes to our sense of wellbeing and makes our City beautiful. 

Our trees are one of the City’s most valuable infrastructures, making the care and maintenance of our urban forest vitally important. Operational maintenance activities are guided by the City’s complete street tree inventory. The tree management program includes a strategic tree planting program; monitoring and management of Dutch elm disease, emerald ash borer and other forest pests; a scheduled pruning program and a hazardous tree removal program. 

The City continues to work towards having a healthy and beautiful urban forest that benefits all who live in and enjoy our beautiful City.