The City's diverse urban forest is valued as an intrinsic feature of our evolving City and will be managed an enhanced to provide a resilient place for people, enterprise and ecosystems to flourish.
The term ‘Urban Forest’ is an important asset for the City and includes trees on private and public land. The services that the urban forest provides
to our community are vast and varied.
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To maintain and enhance these benefits to the community, economy and environment, the City aspires to achieve a target overall urban canopy of 30% (at tree maturity) by 2043, across the City. This target aligns with international best practice targets for canopy cover.
Broadly, the goals of the UFS are to:
The City released its Draft UFS to the public in March 2023 and received valuable comment and input from the community and the Kalamunda Environment and Sustainability Advisory Committee, which has been taken onboard with the final design and strategy.
Supporting Strategies, Plans and Policies:
Monitoring, Reporting and Adaptive Management
Urban forest is a population of trees and vegetation growing within an urban setting for the purpose of improving the liveability of that urban setting whilst providing social, economic and environmental benefits to the community as a whole.
The City of Kalamunda is well known for its bushland, forests, parks and leafy streets. To maintain and enhance these benefits to the community, economy and environment, the City aspires to achieve a target overall urban canopy cover across the City of 30% by 2043. This target aligns with international best practice targets for canopy cover. Broadly, the goals of the UFS are based on the pillars to Protect, Grow, Engage, and Investigate. This provides a holistic and strategic approach to achieving our aspirational target.
The urban heat island effect occurs when vegetation is replaced with surfaces that absorb and retain heat (e.g. bitumen, concrete and brick buildings). Unshaded roads and buildings absorb heat during the day and radiate that heat into the surrounding air. As a result, unshaded urban areas tend to be several degrees hotter than vegetated areas, particularly in summer.
Urban forests are a successful way of reducing the urban heat island effect. Trees provide shade and cool the surrounding air, helping to reduce maximum summer temperatures.
Other City Strategies & Plans
We respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners, the Whadjuk Noongar People as the Custodians of this land. We also pay respect to all Aboriginal community Elders, past, present and future who have and continue to reside in the area and have been an integral part of the history of this region.