About Trees Count
EH has completed Trees Count inventories in six Hamilton neighbourhoods since the summer of 2003 using the Neighbourwoods methodology that allows volunteers to collect reliable information about the trees in their community. Inventories have been completed in Westdale, Kirkendall, Strathcona, Delta West, North End and most recently in Dundas. The summer projects each have produced a comprehensive report that describes the health and diversity of the community's urban forest and provides practical guidance for measures to protect and enhance it. The projects frequently foster community tree committees, such as the Dundas Valley Tree Keepers, that become the stewards of local forests.
Dundas Trees Count Too
2008 marked Environment Hamilton’s second summer of work in Dundas for the Neighbourwoods Trees Count Project. The project, entitled “Dundas Trees Count Too,” focused on surveying the area from Little John Road to South Street, and Tweedsmuir to Lynden. Trees Count surveys assess the health of the urban forest. Data collected is sent away to the University of Toronto for analysis, resulting in a cumulative report at the end of each survey project.
Volunteers served as the backbone of Dundas Trees Count Too, and they enabled the project to move forward at a great pace, despite weather condition setbacks.
Among the more common trees, Dundas Trees Count Too was able to locate some rare beauties. A 27-meter tall Cucumber Magnolia was found in the backyard of William Osler’s old estate along South Street. The Cucumber Magnolia is the only magnolia tree that is native to Canada. It is the northernmost species of the Magnolia family and is currently on the endangered species list.
The Dundas Valley Tree Keepers
Out of our two urban tree surveys in Dundas grew an amazing group of volunteers who now call themselves the Dundas Valley Tree Keepers. Please visit www.dundastrees.ca to learn more about this group and their 2009 Heritage Tree Hunt.