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This article discusses recent trends in local tree protection, including methods and rationale for tree valuation, legal protections against takings claims, regulatory approaches to preservation, and cutting-edge tree protection programs.
About the Authors
Molly Mowery, AICP
Molly Mowery, AICP has dedicated her career to helping communities tackle the growing challenges of land use planning, wildfire, and environmental resilience. With nearly twenty years of experience, Ms. Mowery delivers technical expertise, facilitates collaborative partnerships, manages multi-disciplinary teams, and delivers trainings across the U.S. and Canada. In 2013, she founded her own consulting firm, Wildfire Planning International, which offers wildfire planning assistance to local, state, and federal government agencies. She also co-founded and serves as the Executive Director for the Community Wildfire Planning Center, a 501(c)3 non-profit whose mission is to support community wildfire risk reduction. Ms. Mowery is a member of the American Planning Association, serves on the Sustainable Development Code Advisory Council, and is lead author of Planning Advisory Service (PAS) Report 594: Planning the Wildland-Urban Interface. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from Naropa University and a Master’s degree in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.