Urban Forest Strategy

The Urban Forest Strategy will guide how we as a community protect and manage trees on public and private land within the Courtenay boundaries. The urban forest includes the collection of trees, vegetation, soil and associated natural processes across our city’s landscape.

View the Urban Forest Strategy:

Courtenay Urban Forest Strategy [PDF - 24 MB]

The plan was adopted by Council on July 15, 2019.

View and Share Photos

See the urban forest through the eyes of others! The public is invited to share photos of favorite places in the Courtenay’s urban forest, and view the favorites of others, on a crowd sourced “story map”.

Consultation Results:

Urban Forest Strategy - 2019 Consultation Summary Results [PDF - 3 MB]

The goals of the Urban Forest Strategy are to:

  • establish baseline information about Courtenay’s urban forest
  • develop a community-informed vision
  • identify strategies and actions to achieve the vision

With the adopted Strategy in place, Courtenay now joins the many other communities around the province who have adopted urban forest strategies to address environmental protection, stormwater management, climate change, habitat protection, and liveability. Courtenay City Council directed staff to develop an Urban Forest Strategy after the adoption of the revised Tree Bylaw in 2017.

The City has engaged the services of Diamond Head Consulting, a firm specializing in this type of work.

Background Materials