Newmarket’s urban canopy is made up of both public and private trees and is a valuable infrastructure asset. The replacement value of Newmarket’s trees exceeds $350,000,000. The 2016 Urban Forestry Study showed that these trees help to:
- Avoid more than 200,000 cubic metres of water runoff each year, a service valued at nearly $500,000.
- Reduce erosion, improve air quality, and increase property values.
- Reduce residential energy costs by more than $3,000,000 per year.
This section of the website provides information on:
- The kinds of trees you will find in Newmarket
- Threats to trees in Newmarket
- How trees in Newmarket are protected
Trees in Newmarket
Newmarket is located in the Lake Simcoe watershed in a region characterized by a mixture of broad leaf and coniferous trees, such as eastern white pine (Pinus strobus), red oak (Quercus rubra), sugar maple (Acer saccharum), red pine (Pinus resinosa), white ash (Fraxinus americana), American beech (Fagus grandifolia), and eastern white cedar (Thuja occidentalis).The town also includes 382ha of the Oak Ridges Moraine in the south west part. While Newmarket is north of the Carolinian forest zone some species representative of that zone such as American sycamore (Platanus occidentalis) and black walnut (Juglans nigra) are present.
Read more about the kinds of trees found in Newmarket here.
As with any ecological feature, Trees in Newmarket are vulnerable to pests, disease, and injury. Well-known invasive species and diseases such as the Emerald Ash Borer have done significant damage to certain species. Other fungal infections such as Tar Spot and Cankers can weaken trees or make them appear to be in danger without necessarily causing the death of the tree.
Read more about the threats to trees in Newmarket here.
Tree protection in Newmarket takes several forms. This varies depending on where the property is located, the number and density of trees on the property, and whether the property is subject to a Planning Act development application.
Read more about tree protection in Newmarket here.