Nurturing Partnerships

Community Tree Preservation Division

DEVELOPMENT SERVICES DEPARTMENT 



A Community Tree Partnering Guide

Community Tree Vision

Austin's Urban Forest is Healthy, Thriving, A Mix of Trees and Vegetation, Contiguous, Valued, Protected, and Cared for.

Adapted from the Austin Urban Forest Plan {link}.

Community Tree Division Mission

OUR MISSION is to support an improved quality of life for Austin community members, and we do this through the lens of trees and urban forest ecosystems which provide a multitude of services and benefits to our community. 

PROGRAM GOALS:  

  • Build stronger community connections.
  • Support a culture of stewardship.
  • Increase trees planted and cared for in Austin. 

STRATEGIES TO SUPPORT VISION, MISSION AND GOALS: 

  1. Leverage natural partners to amplify community engagement. 
  2. Use mutually beneficial programs to increase community access to resources. 
  3. Support and develop contractual partnerships to increase community access to resources.  

Mission Amplify

Strong Partnerships = Success 

Strong partnerships amplify our ability to reach our goals and successfully meet our mission. Strong partnerships are mutually beneficial! 
This guide to partnering and supporting assessment surveys are adapted from Imagine Austin Partnering Guidebook. 

VISION FOR PARTNERING

The Community Tree partnering initiative helps to realize our community's vision of a healthy and thriving mix of trees and vegetation that is valued, protected and cared for. It seeks to foster partnerships between the City and private sector, governmental, non-governmental, nonprofit and community-based entities with the aim of achieving common objectives that advance the Plan’s vision, and goals.

OUR PARTNERS ARE: 

  • Mission aligned 
  • Mission compatible 


PARTNERING GOALS

  • Mutually Beneficial | Leverage resources and maximize the impact of both City and Partner efforts.
  • Mission Alignment | Engage in partnering opportunities with organizations and individuals who have compatible missions and goals.  
  • Maximize Efficiency | Increase efficiency and reduce costs through sharing, coordination and streamlining efforts between partners.
  • Collaborative | Strengthen relationships and foster collaborative action to advance shared goals. 

GUIDING PRINCIPLES 

  • Commitment to collaboration and creating mutually beneficial outcomes.
  • Clear communication and transparency.
  • Foster shared understanding, mutual accountability, and continuous learning.
  • Respect and value external partners and internal leaders and staff.
  • Follow through on commitments and persevere in overcoming obstacles.
  • Focus on the long term.
  • Proactively strengthen relationships between partners.

Partnering Continuum

The different levels of partnering fall on a continuum of informal with low inputs up to the most formal which are highly structured and rigorously managed. 
For full descriptions of the types of partnering see Appendix B. ImagineAustin Partnering Guidebook page 6.

This guide to partnering and supporting assessment surveys are adapted from Imagine Austin Partnering Guidebook.