They’re more than just trees scattered throughout the municipality — they’re urban forests.

HRM is asking for public input in how they’ll manage urban forests for the next 25 years.

“Following the destruction of hurricane Juan, it became clear that the urban forest was a precious resource that must be carefully managed,” said John Charles, a municipal planner.

Urban forests don’t just mean the trees inside Point Pleasant Park, but any trees within the urban core whether they’re beside streets or on public or private land.

There are four goals of the plan: identify areas of concern; establish a list of values for long-term care; suggest changes to by-laws and policies regarding the management of trees; and raise awareness of the importance of trees within the municipality.


How to get involved:

• Urban Forest Walkabout: Aug. 17, 3:30-5:30 p.m. and from 6-8 p.m. Meet in front of the Rowe Building at 6100 University Ave.

• Open House: Aug. 18, 4-8 p.m. Rowe Building, 6100 University Ave.