Urban Forest Plan

A    Overview

1        Background
2        Campus Structure and Character
3        Tree Condition
4        The Need for Money, Staff and Life Cycle Approach

1    Background

In general, campus grounds development has not kept pace with the development of new facilities or the changing requirements of pedestrian and vehicular circulation. The Queen’s University 1994 Campus Plan established the framework for planning improvements to the campus environment. Since its adoption, supplementary planning studies on heritage resources, utilities infrastructure and surface infrastructure have been completed. A third supplementary study, a grounds revitalization study to develop a comprehensive grounds improvement strategy, has so far been deferred due to resource constraints. The urban forest should be one of the components to be covered in the grounds study. The damage from the 1998 ice storm has, however, prompted the study of the urban forest as a separate component ahead of its parent study on grounds revitalization. The Urban Forest Plan is needed to establish the framework for protecting, enhancing and managing the campus urban forest. The remaining components of the grounds revitalization study, including landscape redevelopment guidelines and concepts, construction materials and site furnishings, will be completed as future funding permits following this study.

An assessment by an arborist after the ice storm indicated that of the 2,098 total inventory on the main and west campus, 121 trees should be removed and 1,169 require pruning. During summer 1998, 18 of the removals were carried out and replacements planted. Except for removals required due to safety, the remaining remedial work has been deferred until the completion of the urban forest plan, which is expected to be implemented in stages beginning in 1999.

The Urban Forest Study is a joint effort. Queen’s University Campus Planning and Development was the prime consultant and principal author of the report. Consultants on the team, the firms of du Toit Allsopp Hillier and Shady Lane Expert Tree Care Inc., contributed to the assessment and technical reports which formed the basis of the recommendations for management of the campus urban forest.

The Campus Grounds Advisory Committee (CGAC), an advisory group to the Campus Planning and Development Committee, acted as the project’s advisory committee during its development.