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.