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Austin’s Urban Forest Plan at a Glance

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

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he goal of Austin’s Urban Forest Plan is to establish a broadscoped, long-range vision for Austin’s public urban forest. It will provide a framework for City of Austin (City) departments to use as a guide for managing Austin’s public urban forest resources in the form of Departmental Operational Plans, and includes a road map for implementation to reach that comprehensive vision. The end result will be a superior plan that identifies positive aspects, responsibilities, and innovations, but serves also as a model to the abutting neighbor, regional property owner, and the larger community. The document itself is organized into three chapters with associated appendices. Chapters 1 and 2 bring the reader up to speed on the importance of Austin’s trees and vegetation, while Chapter 3 lays out the implementation strategies City departments will utilize in caring for their respective portions of the urban forest. The implementation chapter is the true essence of this plan. It is intended to address urban forestry challenges discussed in Chapter 2 and to reflect community visions as outlined in Chapter 1. Ultimately, community visions have informed local urban forestry policies that are embodied in our existing Imagine Austin Comprehensive Plan, City Code, and other policy documents. The creation and adoption of Austin’s Urban Forest Plan seeks to guide overall citywide urban forest management such that implementation tools and Departmental Operational Plans conform to community visions. Implementation tools consist of goals and actions, time frames for action, and policy elements. Together these strategic tools will work to guide City departments in managing and caring for our urban forest. City departments are intended to use these strategic implementation tools in writing their Departmental Operational Plans. Finally, an annual performance report card will comprehensively address progress toward our community’s goals.

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Profile for Austin Urban Forestry Program

Austin's Urban Forest Plan: A Master Plan for Public Property  

Today, urban forests are increasingly considered an element of a much larger green infrastructure network. Within this network, the urban fo...

Austin's Urban Forest Plan: A Master Plan for Public Property  

Today, urban forests are increasingly considered an element of a much larger green infrastructure network. Within this network, the urban fo...

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