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Chapter 3: Implementation

IMPLEMENTATION GOALS & ACTIONS 1) Urban Forest Annual Performance Report Card Overall, 5 years following the adoption of the Austin Urban Forest Plan, the City of Austin improves its management of the urban forest to an overall level of optimal based on performance measures in the Urban Forest Annual Performance Report Card; examples include canopy cover, species, class and age distribution. 1.1 By 18 months following adoption of the Austin Urban Forest Plan, the Urban Forester shall obtain and utilize additional comprehensive public urban forest data collection and analysis, especially where known gaps exist, to improve data reliability and inform future updates to Performance Report Card’s performance measures. Data collection methods shall follow nationally recognized best management practices in acquiring tree and vegetation information for purposes of maintenance, planning, canopy goal establishment, and other comprehensive urban forest management efforts. Data shall include tree inventories and GIS data and shall be collected and stored in standard formats easily shared between departments and stakeholders. For example, see the International Society of Arboriculture’s (2013) Best Management Practices: Tree Inventories, 2nd Edition. Recognizing that data collection methods vary according to intended purposes and that all urban forests are unique, inventory options should adjust to achieve desired goals and purposes. 1.2 The Urban Forester, with Urban Forestry Board review, shall provide urban forest data to departments to guide the Departmental Operational Plans and to the Urban Forestry Board to guide review of the Austin Urban Forest Plan. 1.3 The Urban Forester will report annually to the Urban Forestry Board and City Council, starting 18 months following the adoption of the Austin Urban Forest Plan, on the status of the performance measures (Performance Report Card and DOP matrix) and additional information on trends or current urban forest issues. The information will be provided in the State of the Urban Forest Report Card.

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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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