Urban Forest Management Plan Toolkit

Urban Forest Management Plan Toolkit

Developed by: Inland Urban Forest Council

Launched in 2011; Updated in 2016

Why Use the Tool

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.

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Nancy Humenik Sappington, President of Inland Urban Forest Council & Certified Arborist: nrhsappington@me.com

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.

Supporting Partners: California Urban Forest Council, CAL FIRE, & USDA Forest Service