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Green infrastructure and urban forestry installments must be maintained, even after the initial construction project has ended. In order for this to occur, it is important to sustain the grassroots support you created at the start of your project. By keeping local community members engaged, volunteer groups can emerge to contribute towards maintenance. Perhaps there is a local nonprofit that shares an interest in these types of projects that you could team up with as well.

Additionally, long-term funding is an issue that must be addressed in order for your plan to be a success. Each state and municipality has access to different resources that may aid in this process; therefore, it is worth taking some time to do additional research to identify opportunities specific to your region. The following resources should be used to create a strategy for sustaining the green infrastructure and urban forestry installments in your community.

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Chicago Wilderness: Regional Alliance Working to Connect People and Nature

Chicago Wilderness developed a green infrastructure vision to guide local communities making land use decisions. The organization provides a broad platform for collaborative conservation action with a wide range of public, private, non-profit and business partners.  The vision serves as model for other regional efforts, including Australia.

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Alternative Transfer of Development Rights Transaction Mechanisms

This tool details a strategy for protecting interface lands and urban green space by directing development to selected zones.

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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