Always operating with the utmost integrity

When I bought my East York home, it had a stark, treeless yard that was parched by the afternoon sun. I knew I had to plant some trees. While cycling in one of the ravine trails, I noticed a crew that was planting trees. I asked a gentleman on the crew if they did any residential work, and he said “yes” and he gave me a card. That’s when I first met Steve, from UFORA. It’s now 17 years later, and I have the heavily treed backyard oasis that I wanted! The amazing thing is Steve and I have stayed in touch over the years — he cares about his trees like they were his children. Every couple of years, I hire him to come over and help me with pruning, and to get his general opinion as to the health of the trees — needless to say, he is a fountain of information. How lucky was I to have come into contact with this company? I now have an excellent (I.S.A. Certified) arborist in my homeowner’s portfolio of “people to call if I need help.” Stephen, along with his company, have always operated with the utmost integrity.


Good reputation a great help for by-law projects

UFORA planned and executed the replanting of the hillside in our backyard to remove the invasive species that had overgrown the site and replant with native species that would thrive in the particular conditions of the site. As our property is subject to the Ravine Control by-law, Stephen and his team had to prepare an application for approval to cut down a number of trees. Their reputation and relationships helped this process to go smoothly. The tree and other vegetation removal was a difficult piece of work due to the steep slope of our site, however Stephen’s team did a great job, for a very reasonable price, and then executed the new planting smoothly and professionally. The team is very knowledgeable and professional. Our new plants are growing well and looking good.


High level of professionalism, expertise and commitment

Stephen Smith has advised us on the responsible management of our privately owned section of the Vale of Avoca Ravine for the past 12 years. In 2004, Stephen’s on-site survey helped to identify native and non-native species of trees as we worked to control invasive species. In 2009, he negotiated on our behalf the acceptance of a comprehensive plan to restore the ravine by the City Urban Forestry Department, and he continues to manage its implementation to this day. Stephen and his team have approached this project with a very high level of professionalism, expertise and commitment to the goal of restoring a viable and natural forest system throughout our ravine slope. Although three years still remain to complete the project, we already see major improvements in the health of our forest; we believe that this work was the reason we suffered comparatively little damage during the recent ice storm or the rain storm last July. We are fortunate to have Stephen and his UFORA team managing our ravine stewardship project for us.

Chair, Garden & Grounds Committee, Seven Oaks Apartments Ltd

Amazing knowledge and practices

The 2013 ice storm proved to us the value of Steve Smith’s long-term restoration and annual management/maintenance of our ravine property. We expected considerable damage owing to the number and age of the trees. We did not lose a single branch and all the new plantings, owing to the care with which they were selected for each environment, are thriving.


The go-tos for natural ecosystems

Creating a landscape requires a long term plan, a comprehensive understanding of natural ecosystems and a holistic knowledge of what, when and where to plant. Urban Forest Associates are the only ones I would trust to do this work because they are the only ones with the expertise, the resourcefulness and the know-how to get the job done.

Principal, Altius Architecture, Toronto

Prompt and careful

UFORA staff were very knowledgeable and patient about educating us about urban trees. The work was done promptly, and exactly how he said it would. Care directions were clear and he stopped by a couple of times to check on how the trees were doing. I would not hesitate to call UFORA in the future and would highly recommend them.


Thank you

On behalf of the Faculty of Environmental Studies, I would like to thank you for your assistance in the design, planting and funding of the bioregional garden at our home, the Lumbers Building at York University. The planting in the years ahead will grow to be an interesting, diverse and attractive statement reflective of the nature of our Faculty.

Dean, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University

Almost an extension of our architectural team

We use Stephen Smith and UFORA almost as an extension of our architectural team to solve the problems associated with putting our houses in difficult ravine by-law protected areas, and for their creative landscape design solutions. They are committed to our projects and respond to the issues plainly and efficiently. They also command excellent technical skills to carry their landscape design through the construction stage. It is a pleasure to work with this firm.

Core Architects, Toronto

Would recommend

UFORA provided our company with exceptional service based in their knowledge and expertise surrounding issues of tree removal, re-naturalization and control/eradication of invasive species. Their familiarization with the City of Toronto personnel, policies and current trends resulted in efficient and amicable resolution to landscape issues during construction of the Bridgepoint Hospital Redevelopment. I will not hesitate to work with UFORA in the future for design, arborist services and site landscaping.

Project Manager, PCL Constructors Canada Inc., Bridgepoint Hospital Project

Had an enjoyable event

We would like to thank you for your leadership and guidance with the Rotary Eco-systems and Environment Education Program. We could not have selected a more experienced and committed person to be our Project Consultant. Your ability to plan and liaise with Metro Parks was key to our project, and your choice of knowledgeable site supervisors with the interpersonal skills to deal with the students relieved committee members of many of the control tasks that are normally part large groups. This allowed all those on site to enjoy the days work and take pride in their accomplishments. Your efforts in successfully sourcing funds in support of this project did not go unnoticed and the whole committee is indebted to you in this regard.

Program chairs, Willowdale and Don Mills Rotary Clubs, Toronto

St. Joseph Communications

Thank you for contributing your time, efforts and community spirit to St. Joseph Communications’ 2010 Volunteer Days Initiative! It was a pleasure working with you again this year. Thanks for sharing your knowledge and passion with our volunteers. Look forward to seeing the tree progress in a few years! P.S. A big thank you to your team as well!

Innis College, University of Toronto

I appreciated your willingness to share your knowledge with my students and your obvious enthusiasm for the subject. The students enjoyed the lectures and I thought they dovetailed well with the rest of the course.

Thank you very much and I hope our paths cross again in the not to distant future.

Town of Markham

The Town of Markham Council thanks you and your team for your hard work in organizing and implementing your community tree and shrub plantings and would like to formally thank you for your efforts.

Manager of Parks Construction and Maintenance

Wilson, Young and Associates Inc.

On behalf of Wilson, Young and Associates Inc and Tree Plan Canada, I would like to THANK YOU for contributing to the success of the Invasive Exotic Workshop recently held at the University of Toronto. Your suggestions, ideas and presentation were key elements in developing a solid program.

Senior Associate

Sue Bochner & Associates Ltd.

Now that the event is over, I thought that I would write to you to express my appreciation for the work that you did on behalf of Imperial Life Financial for it’s Corporate Community Outreach Day.

It was not an easy task directing over 300 employees to effectively plant and weed in Don Valley. You and your staff ensured that those folks not only enjoyed their physical labours, but truly understood that ecological reasons for these working sessions. There was a complete feeling of satisfaction of having planting close to 7,000 wild flowers, in order to create a butterfly meadow in the Chester Springs Marsh Area.

Steve, thank you for your assistance and expertise. By all the comments I have heard, this special day was an outstanding success.

I look forward to working with you in another project in the future.

Communities in Bloom

The Communities of Bloom Committee along with the Mayor and members of Council would like to acknowledge the Urban Forest Associates for your outstanding contribution to the Earth Day Canadian Natural Highways Planting.