Implement And Evaluate

Plans for green infrastructure and urban forestry overlap with a myriad of other plans. Many of these plans, including regional transportation, watershed, education, public health, public works, energy conservation, and climate resilience can shape the future of a community’s urban forest and green infrastructure implementation.

Most communities find that key parts of their green infrastructure and urban forestry plan must be implemented by other agencies. To ensure good outcomes, participating agencies should engage in the planning process from the beginning, and strive to integrate relevant components of green infrastructure and urban forestry into their own future plans.

As the plan unfolds, the convening body and steering committee should meet periodically to check the plan’s execution and adapt strategy as needed.

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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