Create Partnerships

Perhaps the most difficult part of green infrastructure and urban forestry planning is simply getting started. Momentum, a lot of hard work, and strong partnerships are important first steps to creating a successful plan. Few communities have made progress without a strong, cohesive, and persistent group of allies that are all committed to a common goal. To sustain this sort of partnership demands strong leadership from individuals or organizations, a convening organization respected and trusted by all stakeholders, and continuing cooperation among agencies at all levels of government.  New York City’s partnership between Mayor Michael Bloomberg and singer/actress Bette Midler serves as a classic example.

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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