Forests in settled landscapes: urban and peri-urban forests. Agents of forest loss in canada: urban expansion and agricultural conversion. Canadians are increasingly becoming isolated from experiences of natural forests, as well as the destructive patterns and processes. Primary interface between humans and forests is in the urban or peri-urban forests. Urban forest conservation, restoration, and management is critical component to. Urban forest: a dense, widespread growth of trees and other plants covering an area of a city. Urban forestry: planning, designing and management of trees and forest stands with amenity values, situated in or near urban areas. Peri-urban forests: forest on the fringe of urban settlements. They are there to provide a specific function water cycling, water purification, planted as windbreaks or shelter. 28% canopy cover, goal is to increase 30-40% by increasing the number of trees that are planted and decrease the number of trees that are removed.