Restoring and protecting the urban tree canopy

Succession sees trees and greenspace as vitally important to the health and well-being of our cities. As more and more Canadians live in urban areas, it is critical that we preserve and enhance greenspace and tree cover, especially in the face of threats stemming from climate change and invasive species.

Succession has been working with Ecology Ottawa to support community tree plantings across Ottawa. These tree plantings are organized in collaboration with local schools, communities and workplaces, and encourage local residents to take a leadership role in protecting and promoting their greenspaces.

Beginning in 2017, we partnered with the Ecology Ottawa and various funders to restore Ottawa’s tree canopy with thousands of new trees. With 15,000 trees given away over the course of just over a year, this marks the largest tree giveaway to private land owners in Ottawa history. Due to the generous support of funders, we will be able to expand and continue this effort until at least 2022.

Our tree work not only provides Ottawa residents with an opportunity to get their hands dirty helping replant their city, it also helps re-forest pockets of urban lands in people’s backyards. This effort compliments other planting programs by the City of Ottawa, the National Capital Commission and various conservation authorities.

We thank the following grantmakers for supporting our work, in addition to generous donors:

  • Ottawa Community Foundation
  • TD Friends of the Environment
  • Ontario Trillium Foundation