Planning for Trees

APA Texas Chapter


Friday, November 4, 2016
8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. CDT

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The success of any urban forest usually starts with the planning and policies behind preservation or implementation. Healthy urban trees have been proven to have significant environmental, cultural and economic benefits for communities, but the standards that govern their implementation often lack basic elements that are fundamental to long term tree health. Poor planning for the urban forest often leads to long term maintenance issues and underperformance of what could otherwise be significant piece of infrastructure. Attendees of “Planning for the Urban Forest” would receive an overview of trends in management of existing urban forests as well as establishing new trees. Specific topics covered would include: emerging technologies for tree planting and how they figure into standard street sections, examples of code/ordinances that require minimum soil volumes for tree planting, overview of urban soils and how to plan for constraints in Texas, specific ideas about the role of planners in the success of an urban forest, including typical challenges to implementing a robust tree planting program, an overview of Jim Urban's framework for increasing an urban forest, as described in his book Up by Roots.The session would wrap up with a Q&A about the presented content or discussion of urban forest issues encountered by attendees.


Ann Culver

Invited Speaker

Anne Culver is the executive vice president of Scenic Texas, a non-profit with nine chapters across the state, with the mission to preserve and enhance the visual character of Texas. One of her roles is as executive director or of the Scenic City Certification Program, a project of Scenic Texas ... Read More

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