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Chapter 3: Implementation

4.1 Within 6 months after adoption of the Austin Urban Forest Plan, the Urban Forester will facilitate an interdepartmental, multi-disciplinary work group comprised of City land management and land regulatory departments and establish a charter for the group. This group will coordinate urban forest policy changes and establish and update citywide Best Management Practices (BMPs) for urban forest management. 4.2 By 24 months following the adoption of the Austin Urban Forest Plan and with information gathered by the Urban Forester and interdepartmental work teams, the City Manager will recommend changes based on recommendations from the interdepartmental group. 5) Benchmarks Within 24 months following adoption of the Austin Urban Forest Plan the City of Austin management structure and funding for urban forestry is well-documented and aligned with national standards and benchmarks. Develop a process for departments to develop and review public comments. 5.1 By 18 months following the adoption of the Austin Urban Forest Plan, the Urban Forester will compile detailed organizational structure and funding information from all City entities that manage the urban forest as well as from other municipalities comparable to Austin to establish and compare urban forest benchmarks. The Urban Forester will present this information to the Urban Forestry Board and the City Manager. 5.2 By 24 months following the adoption of the Austin Urban Forest Plan, the City Manager will review benchmark data regarding municipal urban forest management and recommend changes to organization structure and/or funding of urban forest management in Austin. 6) Private Trees While this plan only addresses trees on public property it is recommended that a strategy be developed by City Council-appointed designees within 2 years after adoption of this plan to address the urban forest on private property.

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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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