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Austin's Urban Forest Vision


Austin's Urban Forest Plan

Adopted by Council in 2014, Austin's Urban Forest Plan established a broad-scoped, long-range (20 year) vision for Austin’s urban forest. Truly comprehensive in scope with over 79 goals were established to tackle topics ranging from data collection and management, funding resources, tree planting and care, reducing development impacts, and engaging with partners and the community.  
Comprehensive plans are inherently aspirational and include community crafted Vision statements that are often difficult to measurably implement. The Urban Forest Plan includes a Vision, but also implementation measures and topic-specific goals to help guide future implementation strategies. After adoption is, in many ways, when the real work of staff and community begins.
It's been an iterative journey to implement a Code mandated and largely unfunded plan. Evaluating existing resources, recruiting partners, and analyzing priorities for those resources was the first step in the implementation process. The Planning section of the Community Tree Impact Report will provide an overview of where implementation stands today and key strategies moving the needle towards Austin's Community Urban Forest Vision.  

Implementation Strategies 

Below you'll find a list of summarized activities, programs, and initiatives that are helping Austin move the needle towards our community's urban forest Vision for 2034. 

Protection and Preservation

Preservation of the urban forest through regulation.  
Highlights:
  • Example One
  • Example Two
  • Example Three
For more information, contact:  Keith.Mars@AustinTexas.gov

Sustainable Urban Forest

Sustainability through the management of green infrastructure assets.
Highlights:
  • Example One
  • Example Two
  • Example Three
For more information, contact:  April.Rose@AustinTexas.gov

Planting, Care, and Maintenance

Proactive planting, care, and maintenance that supports a healthy future forest.  
Highlights:
  • Example One
  • Example Two
  • Example Three
For more information, contact:  

Urban Forest Management Framework

City organization and resources, staffing, qualifications, data management, and funding. 
Highlights:
  • Example One
  • Example Two
  • Example Three
For more information contact: emily.king@austintexas.gov

Planning and Design

Planning for a healthy future forest on a site-level scale. 
Highlights:
  • Example One
  • Example Two
  • Example Three
For more information, contact:  

Education and Outreach

Education, outreach and engagement, and stewardship activities. 
Highlights:
  • Urba
  • Example Two
  • Example Three
For more information, contact:  
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