Urban Forests Innovations Inc: Selected Clients & Projects Urban Forests Innovations Inc: Selected Clients & Projects

Selected Clients:

Federal/Provincial Government

Parks Canada
Ontario Parks Association

Non-governmental Agencies

Ontario Heritage Foundation
Sainte-Marie among the Hurons
Biltmore Estate Asheville, NC.
Landscape Ontario
Tree Canada
Czech Landscape & Garden Soc.

Municipalities

City of Toronto
City of Mississauga
City of Kitchener
City of Brampton
City of Hamilton
City of Burlington
Town of Oakville
Town of Ajax
City of Guelph
City of Cambridge
City of Barrie
City of Cornwall
City of Oshawa
City of Markham
Town of Milton
Town of New Tecumseth
City of Orillia
City of Hanover
City of Brantford
City of Vaughan
City of Waterloo
City of Kenora
Region of Peel
Region of Halton
Region of York
Region of Chatham Kent
City of Kenora
Town of Georgina
City of Calgary
City of Medicine Hat
City of Winnipeg
City of St. John’s, NL
City of Trail, BC
City of Dublin, Ohio
Falls Church, Virginia
Redwood City, California

Development

LANDinc
Cole Engineering Group Ltd.
Magna International
URS Canada Inc.
du Toit Allsopp Hillier
Morrison Hershfield Limited
R.J. Burnside & Associates
The Hicks Partnership Inc.
Permawood Solariums & -Additions
Winch Planning & Dev.
ZAS Architects + Interiors
Philips Engineering
Harrington McAvan
R. V. Anderson Associates
Adesso Design Inc.
Gren Weis Architects
ICON Homes
David W. Small Designs
Cindy Rendely Architexture
Daniels Corporation
John George Associates Inc
Grand Valley Developments
Associated Engineering
ATA Architect Inc.
Architrave Design
Johnston Donald Associates
JSW+ Associates
The Walter Fedy Partnership
Marz Homes
Taylor Smyth Architects
Mills & Associates Ltd
Oriole Landscaping
Visionscapes
Saccoccio Weppler Architects
Common Ground Architecture
Ivan S. Franko Architect
Victor Ford & Associates
Janet Rosenberg & Associates
LGL Limited
Premier Restoration
Urbancorp
Drew Mandel Design
Fisher Environmental
Melloul-Blamey Construction
Kohn Shnier
Moriyama & Teshima
Limen Group
AMEC Earth and -Environmental

Golf Courses

St Georges Golf and CC
Weston Golf and CC
Westmount Golf and CC
Donalda Club
Lambton Golf Course
Glen Abbey Golf Course
ClubLink Corporation

Institutional and Corporate

Centre for Addiction and -Mental Health
McMichael Canadian Art -Collection
Toronto District School Board
Toronto Catholic District -School Board
Manulife Canada
Canadian Film Centre
Grand River Conservation -Authority
Universite Laval
University of Guelph
University of Pennsylvania
University of Toronto
St. Michael’s College School
St. Andrews Memorial -Presbyterian Church
Humbolt State University
Mount Pleasant Group of -Cemeteries

Regular Business Partners

Beacon Environmental
Brudi & Partner TreeConsult
Treework Environmental – Practice
Schollen & Company Ltd.
Dougan and Associates
Macaulay Shiomi Howson Ltd.
North South Environmental
Kuntz Forestry Consulting
Baker Forestry
Advanced Tree Care
Kelly’s Tree Care
Central Tree Care

Selected Projects

City of Toronto – Tree Planting Solutions Update

In 2011 the City of Toronto commissioned a study to develop best practices to increase the growth, survival and functional benefits of urban trees growing in hard surfaces. UFI joined a multi-disciplinary consulting team led by duToit Allsopp Hillier (DTAH) to assist in developing the structural details and planting specifications that form the Tree Planting Solutions in Hard Boulevard Surfaces: Best Practices Manual. The Manual was finalized in February 2013 and a number of projects that incorporate these best practices and guidelines have already been approved and are under construction. More details can be found on the Toronto.ca website linked here

Tree Canada and Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) – Healing Trees: Recognizing the Value of Trees at CAMH

On behalf of the W. Garfield Weston Foundation, UFI was retained by Tree Canada – Arbres Canada to prepare a tree management plan and public education and outreach campaign for part of the historic Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) property in downtown Toronto. Called Healing Trees, this project applied the same successful framework for strategic planning that UFI has used in the development of municipal urban forest management plans, but scaled down to a site less than 1 hectare in area. The key deliverables for this project included a 10-year strategic urban forest management plan for the site, an informational brochure outlining the numerous mental health and healing benefits associated with trees, and a detailed arborist report with recommendations to address current conditions. In concert with Bienenstock Natural Playgrounds, UFI also participated in the planting of two high-quality shade trees and installation of two natural wood benches to provide a restful and restorative environment for all site visitors.

City of Burlington, Ontario – Strategic Urban Forest Management Plan

Following on the success of the Oakville UFMP, UFI and Beacon Environmental Ltd. were retained by the City of Burlington in 2009 to apply a similar 20-year strategic framework to the development of an urban forest management plan for this dynamic southern Ontario community. The project team developed an easy-to-read plan document for public outreach and communication as well as an in-depth technical document for use by City staff to guide day-to-day operations and long-term resource allocation and development planning. This plan presents a variety of best practices and research-based recommendations to promote the sustainability of Burlington’s urban forest resource, and will become a keystone in the City’s commitment to long-term environmental stewardship.

Woodside National Historic Site – Tulip Tree Health & Risk Assessment

In August 2008, UFI was brought in by Parks Canada to assess the health and potential risk associated with the east stem of a uniquely co-dominant Tulip Tree (Liriodendron tulipifera), planted in 1889 by John King – father of William Lyon Mackenzie King. Using PiCUS sonic tomography and tree-pulling to assess stem and uprooting safety on the Woodside tree, UFI determined that with special root zone therapy, pruning, and cabling, this beloved tree could be preserved in its current form for up to 20 more years. Through our tree risk assessment, UFI will play an instrumental part in preserving the memory of John King and his family at this unique, nationally-significant historic site.

City of Kitchener, Ontario – Municipal Tree Risk Assessment

Over the course of several consultations from 2007 – 2009, UFI was requested to provide health and risk assessments for numerous significant trees in the City of Kitchener. The trees of concern all bordered roads slated for reconstruction in the near future. These trees, mostly Sugar maples (Acer saccharum) were assessed using the latest methodologies, including PiCUS sonic tomography to non-invasively inspect internal stem quality, tree-pulling to assess stem and uprooting safety, or a combination of the methods for trees suspected of possible failure. UFI was able to conclusively determine that the majority of these important large-stature trees, in spite of some outwardly-visible defects, were safe to retain and would contribute to the sustained provision of many urban forest-derived benefits well into the future. Additionally, UFI identified two trees for removal, ensuring the safety of residents and property, and decreasing potential liability of the City of Kitchener, Ontario.

Town of Oakville, Ontario – Strategic Urban Forest Management Plan

From 2005 – 2008, Urban Forest Innovations Inc., in conjunction with Dr. Andy Kenney of the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Forestry and the Town of Oakville’s Forestry staff, developed and completed one of the most comprehensive urban forest management planning documents published to date. This Plan transformed a long-term vision for Oakville’s urban forest into a plan for on-the-ground action over a horizon of 20 years, incorporating key Criteria and Indicators of management success, adaptive management cycles, and a variety of analytical tools to improve the management of Oakville’s “Green Infrastructure” to a level above what was possible under the status quo.

Lambton Golf and Country Club – Course Shade Tree Management Plan

In late 2004, UFI began a collaborative project with Dougan and Associates to update the 1993 Shade Tree Assessment Study for Lambton Golf and Country Club in Toronto, Ontario. UFI developed a comprehensive computer-based inventory of all the shade trees on Club grounds using the ISIMAN inventory system, developed in Germany for the effective collection and management of individual tree data. UFI also conducted a series of tree risk assessments, and using the latest assessment methodologies, identified numerous potential risk trees recommended for removal, thereby protecting the safety of Club members, staff and visitors. Using these same methods, several of the most significant trees on the course were found to be retainable and were thus spared from removal. Phase 2 of the project included the preparation of a 20-year Strategic Shade Tree Management Plan, which has been adopted by Club management to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of tree management across the Club grounds.

St. George’s Golf and Country Club – Tree Management Plan

St. George’s is a historic golf course within the greater Toronto area. It was originally designed by Stanley Thompson and completed in 1929. Since this time the course has become one of the top ranked golf courses in Canada. Urban Forest Innovations has been working with this course since 2006. Our work has included a detailed tree inventory and mapping of the course, preparation of a complete planting plan for long term implementation and the creation of a Tree Management Plan. St. George’s continues to be leader in the golf industry through their proactive work with their tree resources. Urban Forest Innovation is proud to continue to work with them to achieve their short and long term goals including hosting the prestigious Canadian Open Tournament in the summer of 2010.

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