The purpose of the Urban Reforestation Project is to increase tree canopy cover in Delta.

The Urban Reforestation Project is a municipal initiative which includes Delta's existing tree planting program. The first year of the Urban Reforestation Project will see over 1,000 trees planted on Delta property. Over a five year period, 5,000 trees will be planted in Delta's parks, boulevards, and medians!

The Urban Reforestation Project is fully funded by cash in lieu of replacement trees, for trees cut under the Delta Tree Protection and Regulation Bylaw No 7415, 2015.

To support the natural ecosystem, at least 67% of the trees planted under the Urban Reforestation Project will be native species with lifespans from 50 to 100 years.

Benefits of Urban Trees

Trees in urban areas offer many benefits to society, particularly from an environmental perspective. The impact of trees on air quality and health is well known – trees absorb many polluting gases and remove particulates from the airshed. On average, a single tree can remove 10 pounds of pollutants per year. Trees also combat the greenhouse effect by absorbing carbon dioxide from the air and storing it as cellulose; an urban forest can result in carbon sequestration rates of 210–1,230 kilograms of carbon per hectare per year. Trees also produce a large amount of oxygen. In fact, two mature trees can provide enough oxygen for one person every year.

Urban trees also offer a variety of other societal benefits, including reducing noise pollution, UV-B exposure, and energy use of nearby buildings. Trees reduce the amount of pollution entering creeks and irrigation ditches through storm water and mitigate erosion due to storm water runoff. For every 1,000 trees, nearly one million gallons of storm water runoff is prevented. Trees also provide an important source of food and habitat for a range of wildlife, birds, and pollinators in the community.

2015 Identified Sites for the Urban Reforestation Project:

  • 56 Street Entry to Tsawwassen (Tsawwassen)
  • Annieville Lions Park (North Delta)
  • Cromie Park (Ladner)
  • Dennison Park (Tsawwassen)
  • Grauer Park (Tsawwassen)
  • Green Gateway (between Ladner Trunk Road and Highway 99)
  • Holly Park (Ladner)
  • Ladner Lions Park (Ladner)
  • Ladner Trunk Road (Ladner)
  • McKitrick Park (North Delta)
  • Nordel Way (North Delta)
  • Paterson Park (Ladner)
  • Tilbury Road (northeast of Delta Animal Shelter)


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