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Urban forests critical to Toronto’s infrastructure

December 6, 2016
By Mike Jiggens


It is estimated that Toronto’s urban forests provide $125 million in services to the city each year. But issues exist, including loopholes in their intended protection. For example, municipalities have the mandate to protect the trunks, branches, and leaves of mature trees, but their vital root systems remain largely ignored by policy, leaving them vulnerable to development.