Local Research Spotlights Tree Inequity in Winnipeg

We were honoured to take part in recent research on tree equity in Winnipeg, by Ian J Dyck, a Masters of City Planning student at the University of Manitoba – Faculty of Architecture.

Congratulations, Ian, on completing this important research and helping to increase understanding and awareness of tree inequity and what we can do to improve equity in Winnipeg’s urban forest!

From the research poster:

“Winnipeg’s iconic urban forest provides an abundance of social, environmental, and economic benefits. However, the urban forest is facing a crisis due to Dutch elm disease (DED), the threat of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), climate change, and development. As this study of  ‘tree equity’ shows, neither the benefits of the urban forest nor the crisis it faces are distributed equally. Winnipeg’s wealthiest residents tend to benefit from higher canopy cover while lower-income, racialized neighbourhoods enjoy less benefits from canopy cover and are at higher risk of tree loss.”

You can read the whole capstone project here: https://treespleasewinnipeg.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/From-the-Ground-Up-Ians-Capstone.pdf

And see the summary poster here: https://treespleasewinnipeg.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Tree-Equity-in-Winnipeg_Poster.pdf

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