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Once your plan has been formulated and approved by all necessary stakeholders, it is time to bring your green infrastructure plan to life. The amount of time for implementation varies significantly from project to project, so it is essential that the community’s expectations are managed accordingly. The following resources provide insights on implementing green infrastructure and urban forestry plans. For a more detailed explanation of this process, refer to the Implement and Evaluate section of the Planning Process.

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Tree Ordinances and Your Community

This guide explains how ordinances work and the ways in which you can use them to benefit your community through urban forestry. The resource is likely best for smaller communities.

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Tree Ordinance Resource List

This document contains a list of  writing tools and models for developing tree protection ordinances.

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Envision Sustainable Infrastructure Rating System

Envision provides a framework for rating the economic, environmental, and community benefits of a wide range of infrastructure projects.  It grades and evaluates projects based on 60 sustainability criteria.

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Urban Forestry Best Management Practices for Public Works Managers: Urban Forest Management Plan

This resource for public works managers provides a detailed overview of the process and components behind crafting an urban forest management plan. It was produced by the American Public Works Association.

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Four Myths about Urban Forests and Greening Cities II

Myth 2:  Only Big Cities Can Make it Happen Just not so.  And there are dozens of urban forestry and green infrastructure planners who’ll show you how small cities and towns have greened their communities — as well, or even better, than their metro-sized neighbors. Three approaches seem to work best. Comprehensive Regional Planning Enable Municipal […] READ MORE

Strategies for Self -Funding Your Programs

Most urban forestry programs will probably always rely heavily on general fund allocations, but other options exist that can provide a revenue stream more clearly dedicated to the stewardship and management of urban forests. – “Planning the Urban Forest,” American Planning Association (2009) READ MORE

I-Tree Tools

The I-Tree suite of tools is the “Swiss Army Knife” of urban forestry.  It can do just about anything – from calculating the benefits of planting a single tree on a specific site to estimating your community’s overall tree canopy and monetizing the ecosystem services it provides.  Thousands of users have proven the old adage:  […] READ MORE