Urban forestry at the University of Toronto focuses in urban trees, and the benefits their canopy provides benefits their green canopy provides us, extends well beyond the classroom. Over the years, people are increasingly eager to do more to maintain our urban forest, and that innovative business people are eager to help doing it. Our research spans from urban, peri-urban to rural landscapes and their interfaces. Work has also focuses on conservation, restoration and long-term strategic planning and management of trees, woodlots, forests, green-areas and green systems that: support biodiversity and environmental protection; sustain cultural landscapes, and their urban and rural communities; provide a range of ecological goods and services; and support and enhance human health and wellbeing.
Emphasis are also on: planning and management of urban and community forests; spatial conservation planning; landscape ecology and landscape planning; design and planning of green systems and green-areas networks; estimating ecological and monetary values of forests and green areas; quantifying urban forests and green systems in the contest of green infrastructure; defining landscape and vegetation reference conditions; spatial prioritization of restoration; predictive modeling and mapping of forest, vegetation and species distributions under current and future environmental and climate conditions; predictive modeling and mapping of historical (pre-settlement) vegetation distribution and landscape conditions; vegetation analysis and assessment; development of landscape and forest monitoring criteria and indicators; utilizes information technology (GPS, GIS and remote sensing), spatial analysis techniques, spatial prioritization and optimization tools.