Engage Your Community

In most communities, most of the tree canopy sits on privately-owned lands. To achieve green infrastructure and tree canopy goals, you must influence what residents, businesses and institutions do on their own property. Just as important, no municipal initiative – even if implemented solely on public lands – can endure without strong and broad community support.

Building these relationships and transforming them into effective partnerships remains one of the most important challenges facing municipal and regional officials. Your success will depend on your ability to overcome these challenges – as a critical first step in your planning process. Finally, education is not engagement. Stakeholders engage when they both understand the benefits of urban forests and how they play a constructive and meaningful role in developing and implementing the plan.

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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