The Urban Forest Management Plan Toolkit provides a step-by-step guide to designing and implementing an urban forest management plan. The main steps include understanding the local vision, creating an inventory of the current state of the urban forest, proposing a strategic plan, initiating an implementation plan, and starting a monitoring plan. In addition, it ensures that the final management plan includes an adaptive management perspective to keep updating the workplan with new input.
Cities4Forests recommends the Urban Forest Management Plan Toolkit as it is self-guided, has been tested and recommended by urban forestry experts, and can be easily tailored to meet local contexts. Since the toolkit itself does not offer support to users, Cities4Forests encourages city officials to work with urban forestry experts to develop their local management plans.
Input Data Required
The toolkit suggests 18 tasks to create a management plan, including collecting inventories and assessments of the area’s urban forests.
Workplan and urban forest management plan, plus strategies for adaptive management.
Past Use Cases
Examples from around the United States, including San Francisco, Palo Alto, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia. Read more here.
California Urban Forest Council, CAL FIRE, & USDA Forest Service
Nancy Humenik Sappington, President of Inland Urban Forest Council & Certified Arborist: firstname.lastname@example.org