The open streams and wetlands attract some waterfowl as well as great blue herons. The presence of so many varieties of birds is also very beneficial to the trees, as many birds prey upon insects, and thus can help improve the health of the trees. The large open meadows and grassy fields also provide excellent habitat for field mice. The presence of these small creatures attract birds of prey such as owls and hawks.

Trees and vegetation

Tree Management Program

As part of the master planning work, BC Housing and the Lead Consultant Team are completing a comprehensive Tree Management Program. This program will require reassessing and surveying the trees on site – given the volume of trees and size of the site, this exercise will take some time and is expected to be completed this fall. In the interim, in efforts to maintain the existing tree inventory and accommodate activities such as filming and ongoing operations, a Tree Protection Specification has been developed and is administered by BC Housing consultants Margot Long (Landscape Architect) and Julian Dunster (Arborist).

Ongoing Tree Maintenance

BC Housing continues to be committed to protecting the tree collection at Riverview. We continue to work under the advisement from Dr. Julian Dunster, the lead arborist for the Riverview Lands, to ensure the long term health of the trees and in accordance with the Riverview Tree & Plant Protection Specification.

Tree maintenance includes the removal of dead trees, tree bracing, cabling, pruning, removal of invasive species, and root support to prevent future damage during inclement weather and to promote continued growth. In addition, maintenance instructions help to keep site lines, roads and walk ways safe for all users of the Riverview Lands.

Plans for renewal of the Riverview Lands will recognize
and respect its key features including the tree collection.

Tree Inventory

There have been changes to the tree inventory due to extreme weather conditions, and the updated tree survey will include the location, size, species verification and condition of the inventory. The work is being lead by registered arborist and forester Julian Dunster, and registered landscape architect Margot Long.

Read more in our Tree Protection Specification document.

Riverview Tree Survey (pdf)

BC Housing has produced a hard copy of the Riverview Tree Survey for easy printing and reference for interested members of the public.

Due its large size, the Riverview Tree Survey has been mapped in Area quadrants. The Riverview Tree Survey includes a close-up map of each Area quadrant and can cross-reference the enclosed Riverview Tree Inventory Table (organized by tree number). Historically, over 1,800 'heritage trees' at Riverview have been surveyed and provided a Tree ID number for tracking. The enclosed Riverview Tree Inventory Table organizes the site's trees by Tree ID number and references their Area quadrant.


Dr. Julian Dunster

Dr. Julian Dunster
Registered Consulting Arborist

Dr. Julian Dunster has over thirty years working as an arborist. He is a Registered Consulting Arborist, a Registered Professional Forester, and a Registered Professional Planner. He also holds a Doctorate in Regional Planning and Resource Development.

Dr. Dunster designed and implemented the Tree Risk Assessment and Exam (TRACE) course, leading to the designation Certified Tree Risk Assessor and he is the lead author of the course manual for the Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ).

Margot Long

Margot Long
PWL Partnership Landscape Architects

Margot Long has over 20 years of experience in planning and designing public and private spaces.

She is a member of the British Columbia Society of Landscape Architects (BCSLA), Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA), and American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). Margot is also certified in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).