S5: Urban Tree Planning

APA Delaware Chapter

#4190591

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. EDT

CM | 1.50

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Overview

Trees are increasingly seen as crucial part of a community’s infrastructure, helping to make cities and towns more livable and sustainable. Despite the importance of the urban forest to the environmental and economical vitality of a community, mapping efforts are typically focused on “gray” infrastructure (e.g. roads) and property mapping (e.g. parcels). The lack of information on “green” infrastructure hampers the ability of planners to make strategic long-term decisions on how to preserve the urban forest they have, and increase it to desired levels. This session demonstrates how new tools and technologies are used to map the green infrastructure in communities across the United States. These maps provide planners with actionable information on how much tree canopy they currently have, how much room they have to plant additional trees, and how they can prioritize efforts to conserve existing tree canopy and establish new tree canopy in the years to come. We also show how detailed vegetation maps in municipalities can be summarized at multiple levels of decision-making, for example within a watershed, neighborhood, and especially important: at the individual parcel level.