Calgarians love their trees. A new city report says so. But trees do not love Calgary.
The benefits of planting a robust tree canopy – beauty, cleaner air, better property values – are well known to urban dwellers. But in this western city, it's an expensive, uphill battle to create a forest oasis in the middle of what was once a vast, dry prairie.
Nearly every tree in Calgary, whether on public or private land, was planted by people. Our urban forest is a human-made project.