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​Urban Forestry

The City of Barrie maintains numerous parks and trails, but Barrie's urban forest is largely in your hands. A healthy city needs a strong green infrastructure and more than 75% of the land in Barrie is privately owned; therefore, property owners play a vital role in sustaining our green city.

Naturalization Projects

Throughout Barrie’s park systems, signs have been placed to identify specific areas where plant communities are being encouraged to revert back to their native state. Hardy native plants have adapted to local climatic conditions over thousands of years and provide essential food and shelter to urban wildlife, such as songbirds and butterflies. To participate in local naturalization planting projects, watch for newspaper ads calling for volunteers.

Fencing Policy

Chain link fencing is installed between residential areas and natural areas to prevent private encroachments, pets from disturbing wildlife, and yard waste dumping (injurious to the roots of trees and plants and strictly prohibited). Residents are not permitted to damage City property by installing gates for personal access. Please report any damaged fencing to Service Barrie at (705) 726-4242 or ServiceBarrie@barrie.ca.

Prevent Forest Fires

Many forest fires occur in areas called urban interface zones where homes, buildings, or cottages are built into surrounding natural forested areas. These large natural areas are always at risk for forest fires and can be inaccessible to emergency vehicles and crews. Lighting fires within natural areas is strictly prohibited at ALL times. If you see a fire, CALL 911 immediately. Forest Fires Safety Information

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