Gather Data

Gathering data is a critical step in the planning process. It is important to collect information from a variety of sources, including existing regional and municipal plans, watershed and wildlife plans, groundwater, air, stormwater studies, land cover data, census social and demographic indicators. Using I-Tree, create a basic map showing the current state of your tree canopy, and the multiple benefits of adding more green infrastructure. Make certain to demonstrate benefits for all potential stakeholders and explore threats that might kill trees and cost millions to remove and replace.

Try the following links to learn what kind of data communities in New York City, CincinnatiChicago, and Durham have gathered.

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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