Trees Please Hamilton

Green Solutions to Air Pollution

About

 

Trees Please Hamilton is a project of The Hamilton Naturalists’ Club (HNC) along with Environment Hamilton (EH).

It combines collecting particulate matter levels using EH’s air monitors as well as tree inventorying using Open Tree Map online application.

And we need your help!  We are looking for volunteers to become ‘citizen scientists’ (nonprofessional scientists, aka community members who conduct research).

In 2018, our project will be focused in the North End and Sherman Hub neighbourhoods.

Want to help?

There are two ways you can become a Citizen Scientist.

  1. Air Monitoring can happen anytime of the year but ideally in nice and dry weather. The monitors pick up precipitation (rain, snow, even high humidity) as particulate matter. We loan out the monitors for approximately a week at a time and provide training.
  2. In late spring to early fall tree inventorying will take place in the North End and Sherman Hub neighbourhoods.  A schedule will be updated when we start in June; we wait until most of the leaves are out to help with the identification.

In the colder months, we are busy preparing neighbourhood reports and planning for the upcoming year.

Endorsed by the Ontario Lung Association, this project is designed to improve Hamilton’s air quality through strategic planting of native trees, shrubs and plants in six lower city neighbourhoods.

More vegetation will improve the health of Hamilton’s urban forest, thereby helping to mitigate the impacts of climate change, creating more shade and shelter for humans and wildlife, while enhancing neighbourhood aesthetics and quality of life.

Over the course of the project, neighbourhood-based workshops, walkabouts and information sessions to talk about the results of the air monitoring and tree inventory work will be offered. Additionally, specific skills training will be made available including how to grow trees from seed and how to strategically plant trees and vegetation to save energy at home.

Trees Please Hamilton is made possible with the generous support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation. This project received a three year grant from January 2016 to December 2018, totaling $345,000.

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