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Tacoma Urban Forest Management Plan Community Meeting 10-22-19

Trees along streets, in parks, open spaces, backyards, and across the city provide many benefits and constitute an "urban forest". Tacoma's urban forest is a valuable asset that, if maintained, will continue to add to the health of a community for generations to come. We are all under One Canopy and benefit from the proper care and enhancement of the trees in Tacoma. ​

This presentation for the community meeting was designed for the residents of Tacoma to engage in the process of developing a vision for our urban forest and the strategies to achieve it. ​Caring for Tacoma's urban forest is an important part of growing a sustainable, healthy, and vibrant city and cannot be achieved without the input of its residents. ​

In 2010, the City Council adopted a new chapter in Tacoma’s Comprehensive Plan, the Urban Forestry Policy Element. From this, the Environmental Services Department along with a team of consultants are in the process of developing an Urban Forest Management Plan (UFMP) to create a shared vision and road map for the trees in Tacoma that supports the policy element and enhances the city. The UFMP will strengthen themes throughout the city such as Resource Management, Equity and Accessibility, Canopy Health & Growth, Long-Term Funding, Climate Resiliency, Enhanced Ecosystem Services & Benefits, and Community Engagement & Stewardship.

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Tacoma Urban Forest Management Plan Community Meeting 10-22-19

  1. 1. A community meeting to discuss Tacoma’s urban forest vision; short and long-term urban forest management strategies; One Tacoma stories; and all things tree-related. A PLAN FOR TACOMA’S URBAN FOREST Community Meeting ONE TACOMA ONE CANOPY Eastside Community October 22, 2019 Center, Social Hall 6:30 – 8:30 PM
  2. 2. A PLAN FOR TACOMA’S URBAN FOREST ONE TACOMA ONE CANOPY What is Your One Canopy Story? Place a blue pin for where you live, a yellow pin for where you work, and a green pin for where you play. Connect the pins and discover the connections with the One Canopy Story Map!
  3. 3. WELCOME & INTROS ONE TACOMA ONE CANOPY Chris Peiffer, Project Manager Marketing Specialist Director of Field Operations GIS Technician & Support Steve Duh, Principal Jean Akers, Senior Associate John Bornsworth, President Urban Forest Planner Environmental Scientist Consulting Arborist Mike Carey, Urban Forest Program Manager Arin Lewis, Urban Forestry Specialist Arvada, CO Portland, OR Port Angeles, WA 3
  4. 4. TONIGHT’S AGENDA ONE TACOMA ONE CANOPY Connections Under One Canopy Welcome, Introductions, & Logistics Why a Plan for the Urban Forest? The Vision for Our Urban Forest Urban Forest Management Strategies Open Discussion & Closing Remarks 4
  5. 5. “Urban trees and forests are considered integral to the sustainability of cities as a whole. Yet, sustainable urban forests are not born, they are made. They do not arise at random, but result from a community-wide commitment to their creation and management.” Clark et al.: Urban Forest Sustainability 5 WHY A PLAN FOR THE URBAN FOREST? ONE TACOMA ONE CANOPY
  6. 6. WHY A PLAN FOR THE URBAN FOREST? ONE TACOMA ONE CANOPY Urban Forest Extent & Benefits
  7. 7. WHY A PLAN FOR THE URBAN FOREST? ONE TACOMA ONE CANOPY Key Issues & Opportunities 30% BY 2030 CANOPY COVER Existing Plans ✓ Climate Action Plan (2008) ✓ Urban Forest Policy Element (2010) ✓ Urban Forest Manual (2014) ✓ Tacoma 2025 (2015) ✓ ROW Design Manual (2016) ✓ Environmental Action Plan (2016) 7 CANOPY & HUMAN HEALTH EQUITY
  8. 8. WHY A PLAN FOR THE URBAN FOREST? ONE TACOMA ONE CANOPY Urban Forest Management Plan Overview 2019 Urban Forest Management Plan Road map outlining meaningful, high-priority actions the City will take to support our community towards our vision of a healthy 30% overall tree canopy coverage. 8
  9. 9. WHY A PLAN FOR THE URBAN FOREST? ONE TACOMA ONE CANOPY Urban Forest Management Plan Overview 9
  10. 10. WHY A PLAN FOR THE URBAN FOREST? ONE TACOMA ONE CANOPY ✓ April 2019: Kick Off ✓ April - July: Phase 1 ▪ Existing Conditions & Operations ❑ Aug. – Nov.: Phase 2 o Education & Engagement o Plan Development ❑ Dec. 2019: Final Plan Adopted Urban Forest Management Plan Overview 10
  11. 11. WHY A PLAN FOR THE URBAN FOREST? ONE TACOMA ONE CANOPY Phase 1 Research Summary 11 PURPOSE PROCESS RESULTS CONCLUSION 1) Existing Policies and Plans: UFSMA, Meetings, Interviews 2) City Staff Interviews: Departments and Work Groups 3) Urban Forest Benchmarks: UFSMA, Municipal Budgets, City Records, TMC 4) High-Level and In-Depth Data Analysis: Canopy, UHI, Equity, Open Space, Inventory 5) Community Interests and Input: Surveys, Meetings, Website 6) Urban Forest Sustainability and Management Audit: All Elements
  12. 12. WHY A PLAN FOR THE URBAN FOREST? ONE TACOMA ONE CANOPY Phase 1 Research Summary 12 Urban Forest Policy Element Urban Forest Manual One Tacoma Tacoma 2025 Row Design Manual UFMP Data/ Studies
  13. 13. WHY A PLAN FOR THE URBAN FOREST? ONE TACOMA ONE CANOPY Phase 1 Research Summary 13 1) Existing Plan & Policy Review – strong policy & plan framework, but needs clarity, connection and prioritization 2) Staff Interviews – City would benefit from SOP development, workflow refinement, internal technical support (City Arborist), policy clarification, & staff training 3) Benchmarking – Should consider funding & resource needs, street tree maintenance responsibility, updates to TMC, landmark tree preservation, & ROW tree protection 4) Data Analysis – Data (TCA, UHI study, inventory, & Equity Index) should be used to prioritize tree planting and management strategies 5) Community Interests & Input – most people see trees as important contributors to quality of life, but have noticed a decline in Tacoma’s trees. They suggest an increase in resources to improve health and increase canopy 6) UFSMA – City scored 77%. Areas of improvement include professional capacity, funding, and risk management
  14. 14. A VISION FOR OUR URBAN FOREST ONE TACOMA ONE CANOPY 14
  15. 15. A VISION FOR OUR URBAN FOREST ONE TACOMA ONE CANOPY A Vision is: ✓Simple ✓Actionable ✓Engaging ✓Collaborative ✓Forward-thinking ✓Specific Photo source: Make It Tacoma 15
  16. 16. A VISION FOR OUR URBAN FOREST ONE TACOMA ONE CANOPY Question #1 What do you want your urban forest to look like 10 years from now? For future generations? Question #2 What would 30% tree cover look and feel like and what would it take to achieve this? Question #3 If you could change Tacoma’s environment in one way, what would it be? How would the City’s urban forest be different than it is now? 16
  17. 17. A VISION FOR OUR URBAN FOREST ONE TACOMA ONE CANOPY Scope of the Urban Forest Management Plan: This Plan serves as a road map outlining meaningful, high-priority actions that the City of Tacoma will take to support our community between 2019 and 2030 to strive towards our goal of a healthy 30% overall tree canopy coverage. This means creating greater efficiency in our City operations, standardizing our level of service to meet the needs of our community, and responding to the challenges of climate change and other environmental factors. This Plan will also standardize a reporting system for tracking progress toward our goals. In this way, it functions both as a management tool for City staff and provides transparency to the public regarding the actions the City will take to support environmental health on behalf of the broader community. 2) One Tacoma, One Canopy: Tacoma’s trees are recognized as integral to the quality of life for all City residents as well as for the City’s urban character and natural environments. A healthy, thriving, and sustainable urban forest remains a longstanding community priority and will be thoughtfully managed in a way to maximize a range of public benefits including a thriving ecosystem, a vibrant economy, and a livable community shared by all. 3) One Tacoma, One Canopy: Tacoma’s urban forest is a thriving and sustainable mix of tree and understory species and ages that creates a contiguous and healthy ecosystem that is valued and cared for by the City and all of its residents as an essential environmental, economic, and shared community asset that reinforces Tacoma’s identity and legacy as a forested, livable city. 4) One Tacoma, One Canopy: Tacoma’s urban forest is a healthy, dynamic, diverse, and cohesive ecosystem that is valued and cared for through community stewardship because it balances economic vitality with the conservation of natural resources now and for future generations. 5) One Tacoma, One Canopy: Tacoma’s urban forest is a healthy and cohesive ecosystem that is valued and cared for through community stewardship. The City is dedicated to protect and manage the vibrant urban forest to enhance its benefit to the environment and its contribution to the livability of the community today and for generations to come. 17
  18. 18. A VISION FOR OUR URBAN FOREST ONE TACOMA ONE CANOPY Refining the Vision Statement ✓ General discussion ✓ Keywords ✓ Missed topics ✓ Other considerations 18
  19. 19. STRATEGIES TO ACHIEVE THE VISION ONE TACOMA ONE CANOPY Potential Strategies 1) City Street Tree Maintenance Responsibility 2) Tree & Sidewalk Conflicts / Tree Protection 3) Tree Planting (30% goal, fruit trees, other) 4) Tree Code Revision / Enforcement 5) City Staffing (Outreach/Education) 6) Heritage Tree Program 7) Other Concerns / Strategies Share your ideas 6 strategy buckets, 1 comment bucket Each strategy has a cost 10 chips, spend them wisely! Note: These are not the final strategies for the UFMP. This exercise provides an opportunity to explore ideas and evaluate priorities. Implementing urban forestry strategies requires additional resources or the reallocation of existing resources affecting not only the Urban Forestry Program. 19
  20. 20. BREAK & OPEN DISCUSSION ONE TACOMA ONE CANOPY Strategy discussion One Canopy Story Map discussion Expand on your story What questions do you have? Where to find more information? How to get involved? Thoughts, ideas, and opportunities? Technical tree questions? 20
  21. 21. CLOSING REMARKS ONE TACOMA ONE CANOPY ✓ Meeting summary & synthesis ✓ Copy of the presentation ✓ Round 2 survey @ TacomaTreePlan.org/surveys ✓ Phase 1 Research Summary October 28th ✓ November meeting ✓ City Council presentation ✓ Final UFMP ✓ Phase 3 reports & plans ✓ Follow along at TacomaTreePlan.org! Photo source: Tacoma Weekly 21
  22. 22. THANK YOU! ONE TACOMA ONE CANOPY Mike Carey Urban Forest Program Manager, City of Tacoma Environmental Services Department (253) 502-2138 │ Trees@CityofTacoma.org CityofTacoma.org/UrbanForestry Chris Peiffer Director of Urban Forestry Consulting, PlanIT Geo Project Manager (717) 579-9890 │ chrispeiffer@planitgeo.com Stay up-to-date at TacomaTreePlan.org! “Without a plan, the governments and individuals responsible for taking care of an urban forest will not be effective in meeting the true needs of the trees and the community. A plan establishes a clear set of priorities and objectives related to the goal of maintaining a productive and beneficial community forest.” American Public Works Association, 2007 22

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