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Welcome to Neighbourwoods
  a tree inventory, monitoring and stewardship program and approach. Neighbourwoods is designed and envisioned to help community groups and volunteers to conduct inventory of their urban forest, and further use that knowledge and information to inform urban forest stewardship, management and conservation in their communities and neighborhoods. Neighbourwoods is also an exciting way of being active, getting together with the people in your community and learning all about the trees in and around where you live (More about  Neighbourwoods©)

Know Your Resource:
Trees are valuable natural resource that improve quality of life in our communities, make them greener and livable, while aslo providing many other social and ecological benefits. With an increasing need for greener and more sustainable urban communities, there is also a growing awareness of the tree values in urban landscapes. Across cities, towns and villages there is also an urgent need for more strategic and long-term urban forest management, planning and conservation. However,  when addressing this need we are often confronted with the lack of meaningful and management relevant information which can help us to make informed, evidence based decisions and strategically select our priorities. Within the north American  urban  land use pattern , the majority of urban trees are on privately owned lands that include residential, institutional and industrial areas. For example, although residential areas  constitute 50% to over 80% (depending on the type of urban development) of the urban land base, most municipalities do not have information on trees in residential areas, nor do they manage this part of urban forest; with an exception that some municipalities try to impact urban forest in this land use category through private tree by-laws.

To address this gap, the first step is to conduct an urban forest inventory that will enable us getting to know the extent, structure, composition and condition of the tree resources we have. Thus, an effective urban forest inventory must be more than just a list of existing trees, it should, firstly, provide information to meet overall management goals for the urban forest, as well as goals specific to the maintenance of individual trees. Secondly, it should provide information about the role of the  urban forest in improving the local and regional environment. Thirdly, an inventory should provide an effective public education program that will help residents, professionals, and policy makers understand the urban forest. 
The Neighbourwoods program has three broad objectives:
 a) engage communities and the public in urban forest stewardship, conservation, management and planning.
 b) ensure the collection of standardized information that can be used by tree professionals and non-professionals alike; and collection of multipurpose information that supports evidence based adaptive management and decision making.
 c) inform stewardship and and management based on sophisticated tree analysis, advanced data interpretation .
Neighbourwoods  components are: a) Tree inventory, monitoring and mapping  procedure and training b) Neighbourwoods© tree inventory data analysis c) Urban forest stewardship and management planning.

Neighbourwoods© is developed  by Dr. W.A. Kenney and Dr. D. Puric-Mladenovic to assist communities and professionals in collecting the tree information they need to strategically plan and manage their urban forest. Since its inception in 1995, Neighbourwoods© has been used and applied by many communities across Ontario and wider.

Partners & Supporters

NeighbourWoods - Elora ( since 2008)
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Master of Forest Conservation Program ( since 1998)
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