Vancouver’s Urban Forest Strategy: Keeping the City’s Trees Beautiful and Resilient

Photo: City of Vancouver

Vancouver is known and beloved for its nature, including the extensive urban forest that provides a host of benefits for both people, wildlife, and the overall ecosystem.

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Vancouver’s Urban Forest Strategy: Keeping the City’s Trees Beautiful and Resilient

Tree Vancouver – Our Spectacular Urban Forest

Photo: Rob Weiss

Recently, while travelling on the Canada Line Sky Train from Bridgeport to Waterfront station, I found myself sitting beside a tourist from Germany. To my great delight, there were no cell phones in sight, and we were both present and engaged. Despite my lack of German and her limited English we managed to strike up a lively conversation.With unbridled enthusiasm, she eloquently described her love for Canada and specifically Vancouver. Fascinated, I probed to gain a better understanding of her interest in our fair city.

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Tree Vancouver – Our Spectacular Urban Forest

Surrey Nature Centre – Gateway to Urban Wilderness

Nature Exploration Photo: C. Gillespie

Nature may be the last thing that comes to mind when you think of Surrey’s City Centre, yet nestled on the northern edge of the Fraser Highway lies a natural oasis known as Green Timbers Urban Forest.  I have a penchant for nature, and when time limits my ability to travel to the mountains, nothing thrills me more than exploring an urban forest. Featuring over 10 kilometres of nature trails, a lake, meadows, and countless wildlife viewing opportunities, Green Timbers does not disappoint! Once a destination for tourists in search of old growth trees, Green Timbers is considered the birthplace of reforestation in British Columbia and certainly one of Surrey’s natural gems.

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Surrey Nature Centre – Gateway to Urban Wilderness

Ewok sighting at UBC? Greenheart TreeWalk – Vancouver’s Suspended Eco-Attraction

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Greenheart TreeWalk Photo: Rob Weiss

Swinging high above the forest floor on the Greenheart TreeWalk, I began to imagine myself as a heroine in a Star Wars movie. With every twist and turn I fully expected to encounter an Ewok, one of those diminutive furry species first made famous in Return of the Jedi.  If you recall, the Ewoks made their homes in the forest canopy, 15 metres above the ground.  Their Bright Tree Village was connected through a series of ladders, bridges, vines and catwalks. Unlike the imagined land created for the big screen in Star Wars, the Greenheart TreeWalk located in the UBC Botanical Garden is a real world eco-adventure.

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Ewok sighting at UBC? Greenheart TreeWalk – Vancouver’s Suspended Eco-Attraction

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