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Chapter 1: Introduction

a second public meeting was held as a community workshop and open house to prioritize resources and encourage face-to-face discussion. See Community Voices on page 11 and Appendix C for more information on the public engagement and education process. For marketing purposes the Urban Forestry Board chose to refer to the Plan as the Austin Urban Forest Plan, A Master Plan for Public Property. Hereafter in this document the Comprehensive Urban Forest Plan will be referred to as the Austin Urban Forest Plan or the Plan.

A VISION FOR AUSTIN’S URBAN FOREST Austin’s urban forest is a healthy and sustainable mix of trees, vegetation, and other components that comprise a contiguous and thriving ecosystem valued, protected, and cared for by the City and its citizens as an essential environmental, economic, and community asset.

VISION COMPONENTS Thriving A thriving urban forest is one that is optimized according to site and ecosystem capacity. Contiguous A contiguous urban forest is composed of interconnected, forested corridors for transportation, community, recreation and wildlife throughout the city. Healthy Ecosystem A healthy urban forest is composed of a diverse, native and uneven aged palate of species adapted to the unique growing conditions of ecosystem types. Valued A valued urban forest is recognized as an asset that is essential to the well-being of the community and the ecosystem. Protected

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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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