Urban Forestry Advisory Committee
Advisory committee or task force.
The Urban Forest Advisory Committee provides advice and makes recommendations for the care and preservation of the urban forest in St.Catharines by complementing municipal staff efforts.
The advisory committee serves in an advisory capacity on matters of environmental stewardship, specifically concerning the care and planting of trees and the urban forest, by advocating sound arboriculture and urban forest management practices.
The committee is authorized to study, plan, advise, report and make recommendations on plans, programs or city by-laws, which Council or staff determine as necessary or advisable for the care, conservation, planting, pruning, removal or disposition of trees city-wide.
The St.Catharines Urban Forestry Advisory Committee provides advice and guidance to City Council on ways to help safeguard the environment through the use of trees, forests and greenspace. Members assist Council by:
- Providing input into policies and budgets related to greenspace preservation and the management of urban and rural forests;
- Recommending ways in which the City can meet its greenspace and forest-related objectives as outlined in other planning documents; and
- Promoting public awareness of the role of greenspace and forests in protecting and enhancing quality of life.
- Residents of the City of St. Catharines who are 18 years of age or older are eligible for appointment.
- Membership will, as much as possible, reflect St.Catharines' diversity and demographics in such areas as gender, official language, geographic representation, race and disability.
Committee members have voting privileges.
- Provide a forum for citizens interested in forests and greenspaces to raise issues and concerns.
- Provide advice and guidance to Council, through the Parks, Recreation and Culture Services Department, on City policies, programs, by-laws, regulations and budgets related to forest and greenspace management.
- Provide advice on areas where the introduction of trees and tree cover would be beneficial to the environment or where their removal would have a negative impact on a site or ecosystem.
- Identify issues that may impact trees, tree cover or natural systems and recommend ways to minimize the impact.
- Provide advice on the introduction of windbreaks, the shading of transportation corridors, the greening of streets, roads, parks and conservation areas, the preservation of tree cover and forest management.
- Promote and facilitate cooperation with local community groups and environmental organizations on education and other initiatives related to forest and greenspace management.
- Advocate on behalf of St. Catharines' forests and greenspace.
- Provide advice on the protection, management, acquisition and conservation of greenspace and other environmentally sensitive areas in St. Catharines.
Members serve terms of four years with a maximum of two consecutive terms on the same committee.
- Peter Howes (Chair)
- Ron Calvert
- Brian Delaney
- David De Rocco
- Stephen Holmes
- Jacilynn Lewis
- Michael O'Neill
- David Stevens
- John Stevens
- Bruce Zimmerman
- Councillor Mark Elliott
- Councillor Bill Phillips
Meeting Schedule & Location(s)
The Urban Forestry Advisory Committee meets at City Hall, 50 Church St. at 5 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month.
Meeting are open to the public.
Please note that meeting the time and location are subject to change.