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Tree Ordinances and Your Community

This guide explains how ordinances work and the ways in which you can use them to benefit your community through urban forestry. The resource is likely best for smaller communities.

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Urban Forest Management Plan Toolkit

This website has case studies, guidance on inventory, ordinances, monitoring, benefits, and links to other resources. It also includes a guided plan development template.

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The Urban Forest and Ecosystem Services

This article, published in the Journal of Environmental Quality, discusses how urban forests can be managed to impact the urban water, heat, carbon, and pollution cycles. The authors present 14 studies from five continents on the ecosystem service impact of urban trees.

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Palo Alto Urban Forest Master Plan

The City of Palo Alto developed a very comprehensive plan and vision for their urban forest. The plan links tree canopy to social, economic, and environmental sustainability goals and can be used as a model for other communities.

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EPA Green Infrastructure Modeling Tools

This page includes guidance from the regulators on various methods to gauge impact of stormwater controls, especially non-structural. The resource includes little guidance on trees specifically, but broad coverage of both simple and complex modeling techniques.

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  • Resource Types:
  • Model Land Use Policies
  • Getting Started Steps:
  • Implement It
  • Plan It
  • Planning Process Steps:
  • Define Your Plan's Strategy & Objectives
  • Integrate, Implement, Assess, Adapt
  • Publisher(s):
  • The Morton Arboretum