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"He who plants a tree, plants hope."  — Lucy Larcom
A LETTER FROM OUR URBAN FORESTER
Our community recognizes that the urban forest provides social, ecological, and economic benefits that enhance the quality of life for Austin’s residents. Just like the parks where we play and the roads where we commute, our urban forest is a community asset. To maintain the health and integrity of our urban forest, the City of Austin (City) strives to preserve trees and vegetation during land development, to plant new trees, and to care for existing trees.  
Through programs and partnerships, we seek to connect the community to resources that build and support a culture of stewardship. The Report features data related to tree funding, community stewardship programs, and initiatives that are enhancing the health of Austin’s urban forest.  
We invite you to explore the data we've gathered regarding investment in our urban forest. Our team strives to collect meaningful and accurate data. Look forward to annual updates to the report, improved documentation of urban forest health, and new initiatives that move us closer to our community's Urban Forest Vision.  
Austin's Urban Forest Vision  
Austin’s urban forest is a healthy and sustainable mix of trees, vegetation, and other components that comprise a contiguous and thriving ecosystem valued, protected, and cared for by the City and all of its citizens as an essential environmental, economic, and community asset.  
Our community's vision for our future forest is both hopeful and aspirational. I am grateful to live in a community which not only recognizes the intrinsic value of the urban forest ecosystem but also passionately cultivates it.  
Thank you for all that you do for our community and our community's urban forest ecosystem.  
Sincerely,  Emily King, City of Austin Urban Forester 

Our Urban Forest Ecosystem

The community’s urban forest ecosystem is composed of all trees and vegetation, the soil and water that support it, and includes public and private properties.


About the Community Tree Report 

The Community Tree Report is tied directly to implementing Austin's Urban Forest Plan. The Community Tree Report reflects five years of investment in the urban forest ecosystem. By gathering and sharing data, we increase transparency around the investment in funding and hope to inspire additional planting and stewardship activities throughout the city. 
This report will be used to establish a baseline for urban forest activity in the community. By analyzing trends in stewardship in the urban forest, we can evaluate areas of success and opportunities for improvement. Keeping with the City's goal of transparency in government, we have included links within the report to the Open Data Portal where we are amassing raw data related to projects and funding. 
Included in the report are the following sections: 

Austin's trees | An overview of Austin’s urban forest resource.  
projects | A geographic and visual examination of urban forest stewardship projects and related data.   
investments | A visual breakdown of funding by subcategory, and by recipient type.  Additionally, funding sources and programs that help people to access the funds are explained.  
planning | This section examines the development and methodology of the Austin Urban Forest Plan’s implementation strategies.  
reflections | A collection of observations made by the Urban Forest Program staff.    
about | A letter from the City of Austin’s Urban Forester and an introduction to the Community Tree Report.  
meet the team | Meet the team behind the Community Tree Report and the programs that are reported out. 
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