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Tree Projects

Tree Canada Operation ReLeaf – Fort McMurray Community Grants

As part of Operation ReLeaf – Fort McMurray, Tree Canada has created a community grant program to support re-greening efforts in the community.

The grant will be available to individuals and community groups to purchase trees to be planted on private property. Planting on Municipal property is prohibited.

Tree Canada is working with FireSmart Canada to ensure all trees purchased and planted through the grant program follow FireSmart landscaping guidelines. Learn more about those guidelines by downloading the RMWB Guide to FireSmart Landscaping.

Please note: While Ash is a fire resistant 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.

How to apply

All interested individuals or community groups are invited to apply online at

Residents will be required to purchase a tree, or trees, for their property and send in the detailed receipt and a photo of the planted tree to Tree Canada for review, along with the application. Provided the tree meets FireSmart guidelines, a cheque for up to $3,000 will be mailed to the resident within six to eight weeks. Please note that grants are approved on a first come, first served basis.

Community groups or organizations looking to plant on private property or give away trees to residents from affected areas will be required to purchase fire resistant trees to send in the detailed receipt and a photo of the fire resistant trees, along with the application. If approved Tree Canada, a cheque for up to $10,000 will be mailed out within six to eight weeks. Grants will be approved on a first come, first served basis.

A maximum of 50 per cent of the grant, for both residents and community groups, can be used for a tree planting contractor. 

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.