Tree Projects


Tree Canada Operation ReLeaf – Replanting Projects

Since the May 2016 Horse River Wildfire, Tree Canada has been contributing to re-grow our urban forest through their Tree Canada Operation ReLeaf – Fort McMurray program. The non-profit organization has provided funding for numerous tree planting projects and insitiaves and has also provided grant funding for residents, community groups and Indigenous groups to re-plant FireSmart-approved trees on private property.

Tree Planting Project near Confederation Way

Currently, there is a tree planting project taking place on the hill adjacent to Confederation Way. Crews are working to plant 5,000 trembling aspen seedlings in this area. These seedlings are provided by Tree Canada through the Arbor Day Foundation. All trees are FireSmart-approved species that are being planted according to FireSmart guidelines. 

Since the wildfire in 2016, the Municipality has been working to monitor areas across the region to ensure the urban forest is re-growing as it should be. The Municipality has also been working to help restore the natural beauty of the landscape by identifying new areas that are both suitable and safe to plant new FireSmart-approved trees.

Tree Canada Operation ReLeaf – Fort McMurray Community Grants

Applications are now being accepted for the Tree Canada Operation ReLeaf – Fort McMurray community grant program.

Eligible applicants can receive up to $500 per household and $3,000 per community group or Indigenous group, to re-plant trees lost or damaged in the May 2016 Horse River Wildfire. 

Application deadline is June 3, 2019. 

Successful applicants are reminded that funding will only be released to residents and community organizations who have planted trees according to FireSmart principles. Residents who have been approved for funding must submit a detailed receipt and a photo of the planted tree(s) to Tree Canada. Community organizations who have been approved must submit a detailed receipt and a photo of fire-resistant trees that have been purchased.

Please note: While Ash is a FireSmart-approved tree species suitable for our region, Tree Canada will not approve grants for this tree due to its relation to the invasive Emerald Ash Borer pest that was recently introduced into Canada.

Apply Now

Apply for a Tree Canada community grant today at

Application deadline is June 3, 2019. 

Attend an Information Session 

Tree Canada and the Municipality will be hosting a free information session on May 11, 2019 at Lions Park to provide helpful workshops on:

  • How to complete the Tree Canada grant application
  • FireSmart-approved tree species and planting techniques
  • Proper tree planting techniques

To register for this event, click here.​

Hazardous Tree Removal

The Municipality continues to remove trees that became hazardous as a result of the 2016 wildfire. Trees posing a community safety hazard will be removed, where possible, by hand and, in most areas, no new mulch will be created during removal. Trees are being inspected certified forestry experts before they are removed and in some cases, more trees may be selected for removal based on the on-site inspections.

In order for a tree to be identified for removal, it must have severe health and structural support issues that place the tree at risk of falling down. Only trees that pose a safety hazard are selected for removal, but if a tree is deemed hazardous it will be removed whether it appears to be living or dead.

If all trees in a certain area meet the criteria for hazardous tree removal, they will all be removed. Every effort is being made to preserve as much of the forested area as possible.

Removal of hazardous trees will improve community safety and will promote the healthy regeneration of the natural forested area.

PLEASE NOTE: Hazardous tree removal will only be done on Municipal property. Trees on private property are the responsibility of the homeowner.

This work is not related to the FireSmart program.

Residents are encouraged to report hazardous trees to PULSE.

Winter Maintenance Subzones 1 & 2 are active Jan. 20 - 24.