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Measuring the forest in your own backyard: NDG community tree initiative

Date & time
Monday, May 25, 2020 –
Monday, August 31, 2020 (all day)

This event is free






All summer long, Carly Ziter, assistant professor of biology in the Faculty of Arts and Science, is inviting residents of Montreal’s Notre-Dame-de-Grâce neighbourhood to explore and document the trees in their own backyard.

This initiative is part of a new research project led by Ziter and her students to expand the city’s urban tree inventory by incorporating information about trees on private land. As community members, you have a chance to contribute to a better understanding of the full scope of urban forest diversity and the numerous benefits it provides, all while getting some fresh air and activity in your own backyard!

Participating NDG residents can use everyday tools to collect a simple trunk measurement and take a series of photos, which are then submitted to the research team. Ziter’s team has prepared a how-to video and worksheet to help break down the steps. 

Submitting your results? Don’t forget to share your photos on social media, using the tags #TreesofNDG, #CUtrees, and #CU4thSpace! 


Carly Ziter, Assistant Professor, Biology

Kayleigh Hutt-Taylor, MSc Candidate, Biology

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