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Chapter 3: Implementation

POLICY ELEMENTS The Policy Elements are the guiding framework of Austin’s Comprehensive Urban Forest Plan. Individual Policy Elements are seeds of change, which, collectively, provide an overall strategy for achieving the vision for Austin’s urban forest. In conjunction with the other parts of this Plan they provide a comprehensive approach to urban forest planning and will ultimately guide the management of Austin’s public urban forest resource. However, since the municipal functions that affect the urban forest, both directly and indirectly, are so varied and widespread across numerous City departments, each single Policy Element must be broad enough to encompass all of those functions. Accordingly, the tactical approach to addressing each Policy Element will be the responsibility of each City department, documented in a Departmental Operational Plan (DOP) developed in consideration of their mission(s), limitations and constraints, and opportunities.

6 POLICY ELEMENT CATEGORIES *Categories are ordered according to community prioritization. PROTECTION AND PRESERVATION PR-1 Comprehensive Regulatory Approaches PR-2 Protection of Trees and Root Zones During and After Development PR-3 Protect Steep Slopes PR-4 Partnerships PR-5 View Obstructions PR-6 Vegetation Valuation PR-7 Recovering Vegetation Value PR-8 Prominent Rare Urban Forest Elements SUSTAINABLE URBAN FOREST S-1 Species, Age, and Geographic Diversity S-2 Urban Wood Utilization S-3 Integrated Pest Management S-4 Urban Wildlife Habitat S-5 Wildfire Risk S-6 Invasive Species Management S-7 Water Conservation and Design and Maintenance Planning

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Policy Element Categories were prioritized through the public participation process outlined in Appendix C. While the community felt that each category was important some issues needed a higher priority than others.

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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