Privately-Owned Tree Management Strategy

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Over the past year, the Town of Halton Hills has made a number of policy decisions that highlight our commit to responding to climate change. For example:

  • In January, 2019, Halton Hills adopted a Tree Canopy & Natural Vegetation Policy.
  • The policy states that “Halton Hills will protect and enhance trees and natural vegetation located on private settlement areas…” and that “Halton Hills will protect and enhance trees and natural vegetation located on private rural lands…”
  • In May, 2019, Halton Hills declared a Climate Change Emergency.
  • One of the 14 actions in the Climate Change Resolution states: “That the role of a healthy eco-system including its important function of sequestering carbon be recognized as fundamental to any Climate Change plan by measures such as expanding tree planting and maintenance budgets.”

Now we need to make another decision about how best to protect the tree canopy in our Town. All of the trees in the town collectively form what is known as a tree canopy. A healthy tree canopy is a key indicator of environmental health. Approximately 83% of the total tree canopy in Halton Hills is located on privately-owned settlement areas and rural lands.

Please note: you must register to take this survey. The Town wants to understand input from both urban and rural property owners.

Survey was closed at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 20, 2020.

Over the past year, the Town of Halton Hills has made a number of policy decisions that highlight our commit to responding to climate change. For example:

  • In January, 2019, Halton Hills adopted a Tree Canopy & Natural Vegetation Policy.
  • The policy states that “Halton Hills will protect and enhance trees and natural vegetation located on private settlement areas…” and that “Halton Hills will protect and enhance trees and natural vegetation located on private rural lands…”
  • In May, 2019, Halton Hills declared a Climate Change Emergency.
  • One of the 14 actions in the Climate Change Resolution states: “That the role of a healthy eco-system including its important function of sequestering carbon be recognized as fundamental to any Climate Change plan by measures such as expanding tree planting and maintenance budgets.”

Now we need to make another decision about how best to protect the tree canopy in our Town. All of the trees in the town collectively form what is known as a tree canopy. A healthy tree canopy is a key indicator of environmental health. Approximately 83% of the total tree canopy in Halton Hills is located on privately-owned settlement areas and rural lands.

Please note: you must register to take this survey. The Town wants to understand input from both urban and rural property owners.

Survey was closed at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 20, 2020.

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    In May 2019, the Town of Halton Hills passed a resolution declaring a Climate Change Emergency and committed to taking a number of actions to help the municipality meet and manage the associated challenges. Of significant importance is upholding a healthy tree canopy - the layer of leaves, branches, and stems of trees that cover the ground when viewed from above. Trees are important in the fight against climate change since they absorb and store carbon dioxide - a greenhouse gas that heats the earth. In Halton Hills, approximately 83% of all tree canopy cover is located on privately-owned lands. 

    In May 2019, the Town of Halton Hills passed a resolution declaring a Climate Change Emergency and committed to taking a number of actions to help the municipality meet and manage the associated challenges. Of significant importance is upholding a healthy tree canopy - the layer of leaves, branches, and stems of trees that cover the ground when viewed from above. Trees are important in the fight against climate change since they absorb and store carbon dioxide - a greenhouse gas that heats the earth. In Halton Hills, approximately 83% of all tree canopy cover is located on privately-owned lands. The Town is exploring how best to protect and enhance privately-owned trees in settlement areas and rural lands. This survey wants your feedback on:

    1. How you currently protect and enhance trees on your property
    2. Your knowledge about current programs and regulations that protect and enhance trees in Halton Hills
    3. How the Town can best protect and enhance privately-owned trees

    Your answers will help guide the development of the Town’s strategy to protect and enhance trees and natural vegetation on privately owned lands. The information collected will be summarized and posted on the Privately-Owned Tree Management Strategy project page this spring. 

    A summary of the responses will also be presented to Town Council during a workshop to inform which, if any, tree management tools should be considered for inclusion in the Town’s Privately-Owned Tree Management Strategy.

    To assist you in responding, please review the definitions below:

    • 'Tree' means any species of woody perennial plant, including its root system, which has reached or can reach a height of at least 4.5 metres at physiological maturity.

    • 'Tree canopy' means the layer of leaves, branches, and stems of trees that cover the ground when viewed from above.

    • 'Tree by-law' means the local municipality’s authority to prohibit or regulate the destruction or injuring of trees pursuant to part III (Section 135) of the Municipal Act, 2001, S.O. 2001, c.25.

    • 'Permit to injure or destroy trees' means the local municipality’s authority to require a permit be obtained the destruction or injuring of trees and impose conditions to a permit including conditions related to the manner in which destruction occurs and the qualifications of persons authorized to injure of destroy trees pursuant to part III (Section 135) of the Municipal Act, 2001, S.O. 2001, c.25.

    • 'Heritage tree' means a tree designated under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. O.18 or included in the Town of Halton Hills Heritage Register.

    • 'Private settlement areas' are lands that are legally owned by private individuals and/or entities and located within the Town’s urban boundaries, its rural settlement areas and its rural clusters as defined by the Halton Hills Official Plan.

    • 'Private rural lands' are lands that are legally owned by private individuals and/or entities and located outside of the Town’s urban boundaries, its rural settlement areas and its rural clusters as defined by the Halton Hills Official Plan.


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