New Tree Passport showcases diversity of urban forest

Published on: September 18th, 2023

Discover 36 tree species that thrive in Lethbridge

In honour of National Tree Day on September 20, 2023, the Helen Schuler Nature Centre and City of Lethbridge Parks Department are thrilled to announce the official release of the Lethbridge Tree Passport!

The Tree Passport highlights 36 remarkable trees found in Lethbridge. The passport encourages residents to visit some of the amazing species of trees that thrive in our region. The passport was developed to support the 1,000 Trees in 2023 initiative that encourages residents to plant trees on private property to build climate resiliency with an increased urban tree canopy.

“Planting trees is one of the easiest things we can do to build climate resilience in Lethbridge,” says Paige Rosner, Environmental Education & Community Projects Lead with the Helen Schuler Nature Centre. “We developed the Lethbridge Tree Passport to help residents select the right tree for their property.”

The new Tree Passport is available for download and printed copies are available at the Nature Centre.

To celebrate National Tree Day and the release of the Lethbridge Tree Passport, staff from various City of Lethbridge departments will plant five new climate-resilient trees at Henderson Lake Park on their lunch hour on National Tree Day.

“The trees we plant today will provide many benefits for our community,” says Anna Larney, Urban Forestry Technician with the City of Lethbridge. “We hope that the Tree Passport will motivate residents to take pride in some of the truly incredible trees growing in Lethbridge and inspire them to become stewards of our urban forest.”

The Tree Passport is a natural companion to the Lethbridge Tree Guide that was released earlier this year. The Tree Guide offers a planting list of ideal species for Lethbridge’s climate; it provides an overview of the growth rate, mature size, preferences, and considerations to keep in mind. The Tree Passport offers living examples of trees to help you select the right tree for your yard.

“A resilient urban forest strengthens our ability to mitigate and adapt to the changing climate. Trees cool cities, clean the air, and help manage stormwater,” says Raene Barber, Sustainability Engineer with the City of Lethbridge.

As part of the 1,000 Trees in 2023 initiative, residents are encouraged to download the Lethbridge Tree Passport, then explore the variety of trees growing in Lethbridge. Residents are also encouraged to plant a tree in their yard. You can register your new or existing tree(s) with the City of Lethbridge’s Tree Registry to help improve our understanding of the urban forest.  

Residents can learn more about the 1,000 Trees in 2023 campaign and register their trees at nature.lethbridge/1000trees.

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Media contact:

Paige Rosner
Environmental Education & Community Projects Lead
Helen Schuler Nature Centre
403-320-3064

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The City of Lethbridge acknowledges that we are gathered on the lands of the Blackfoot people of the Canadian Plains and pays respect to the Blackfoot people past, present and future while recognizing and respecting their cultural heritage, beliefs and relationship to the land. The City of Lethbridge is also home to the Metis Nation of Alberta, Region III.