Define Strategy And Objectives

Many communities have completed successful green infrastructure and urban forestry plans. Most follow a similar path: combining data-collection, broad and deep community engagement, collaborative learning and collective decisions. Maps, simulations, forums, charrettes, surveys, and community meetings are also important to the process.

Comprehensive planning succeeds when conveners ensure the on-going participation by elected officials, all the agencies with a stake in the plan, mutually-acceptable metrics, and community representatives whose neighborhoods will benefit.

Check out how Portland, New York and Pittsburgh have used this technique to achieve their green infrastructure and urban forestry goals. See our Resources section to find case studies and other tools that can guide you down this path.

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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