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Once you have explored how other communities implement green infrastructure and collected data on your area, it is essential to create a plan forward that lays out a common vision and shared set of goals for all stakeholders. The following resources provide examples of comprehensive green infrastructure plans from around the country, as well as templates and other resources to aid in the creation of your own plan. For more detailed information on the planning process, review case studies in Resources and refer to the Define Strategy & Objectives section of the Planning Process.

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Urban Forest Management Plan Toolkit

This website has case studies, guidance on inventory, ordinances, monitoring, benefits, and links to other resources. It also includes a guided plan development template.

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International Stormwater BMP Database

The International Stormwater BMP Database contains over 530 best management practice (BMP) studies, performance analysis results, tools for use in BMP performance studies, monitoring guidance, and other study-related publications.

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EPA National Stormwater Calculator

The National Stormwater Calculator (SWC) can be used to estimate the amount and frequency of rainwater runoff from sites anywhere in the United States. The calculator accounts for soil conditions, rainfall history, land cover, and more.  

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EPA Stormwater Management Model

The Stormwater Management Model (SWMM) is part of EPA’s suite of water research tools. SWMM is a hydrology-hydraulic water quality simulation model used to simulate stormwater runoff quantity and quality in urban areas.  SWMM is highly technical and is best suited for those with working knowledge of the industry.

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Urban Forestry Index

This site provides a comprehensive database of publications on urban forestry research from a wide range of organizations that are easily accessed using advanced browsing and search features.  It was prepared by USFS, University of Minnesota and Urban Forestry South, and Tree Link and is regularly updated.

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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