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Tacoma Urban Forest Management Plan Community Meeting 12-4-19

On December 3rd, City Council adopted Resolution No. 40492, the Urban Forest Management Plan. Implementation of this Plan began just a day later at the third and final community meeting for the Urban Forest Management Plan project. This meeting, held from 6:00pm to 7:30pm at the STAR Center's Discovery Space room, provided attendees with the outcomes of the Urban Forest Action Plan and incited action and engagement.

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Tacoma Urban Forest Management Plan Community Meeting 12-4-19

  1. 1. A community meeting to discuss participation and engagement opportunities to achieve the goals in Tacoma’s Urban Forest Action Plan. A PLAN FOR TACOMA’S URBAN FOREST Community Meeting ONE TACOMA ONE CANOPY STAR Center December 4, 2019 Discover Space 6:00 – 7:30 PM
  2. 2. WELCOME & INTROS 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 2 ONE TACOMA ONE CANOPY
  3. 3. TONIGHT’S AGENDA Planning Approach Alignment of Community Input & Plan Development Urban Forest Action Plan Overview Support for Plan Implementation Open Discussion & Closing Remarks 3 ONE TACOMA ONE CANOPY
  4. 4. PLANNING APPROACH ONE TACOMA ONE CANOPY 4 Planning Theme Existing Policies & Plans City Staff Interviews Urban Forest Benchmarks Data Analyses Community Interests & Input ELEMENTS AUDIT PHASE 1
  5. 5. PLANNING APPROACH ONE TACOMA ONE CANOPY 5 Planning Theme PHASE 1 Category Rating 1) Management Policy (MP) 85% 2) Capacity and Training (CT) 81% 3) Funding and Authority (FA) 67% 4) Inventories and Plans (IP) 81%, 79% 5) Risk and Disaster Planning (RM) 50%, 57% 6) Community Engagement (CE) 86% OVERALL RATING: 77% AUDIT
  6. 6. PLANNING APPROACH ONE TACOMA ONE CANOPY 6 Planning Theme Community Equity Human Health Environment STRATEGIES TARGETS ACTIONS EVALUATION PHASE 2 1) Management Policy (MP) 2) Capacity and Training (CT) 3) Funding and Authority (FA) 4) Inventories and Plans (IP) 5) Risk and Disaster Planning (RM) 6) Community Engagement (CE) Co-Benefits
  7. 7. FEEDBACK & PLAN ALIGNMENT ONE TACOMA ONE CANOPY Planning Theme Community Survey #1 (1,494 responses) Greatest concern → tree and sidewalk issues (Q5, 60%) MP1D.10 Most urgent need → tree planting (Q7, 42%) MP1E.2 Priority services → 48% Grit City Trees program, 39% Hazard trees (Q10) MP1B.3 One Tacoma Components % in Q15 Category Resource Management – Street Trees 30% FA Canopy Growth (30/30) 20% MP Education, Outreach, Collaboration 17% CE Preserve Existing Trees 8% MP Planning the Urban Forest 6% IP Urban Forest Equity & Accessibility 5% IP, CE, FA, CT, MP Urban Forest Resiliency & Risk Management 5% MP, IP, RM, FA Climate – Risk Mitigation 4% MP, IP, RM Resource Management: Environmental & Watershed 2% MP, IP, FA Resource Management: Viewsheds 2% MP, IP, FA Urban Forest Long-Term Funding 1% FA, CT Heritage Trees 1% MP, 7
  8. 8. FEEDBACK & PLAN ALIGNMENT ONE TACOMA ONE CANOPY Planning Theme Community Survey #2 (375 responses) Theme of Survey Question % Action Plan # 30% Canopy Goal: Increase City efforts 91% City-led: 2,000 trees Post-planting care requirements Partnerships: 8,500 trees Tree inventories Neighborhood tree plans MP1E.2 MP1D.1 IP4A.1 IP4B.3 IP4C.4 30% Canopy Goal: Encourage private property owners to plant trees 89% Resources, materials, stewardship, events, youth programs, recognition programs, Grit City Trees and Coupon Programs CE6B.6 CE6A.10 CE6D.5 CE6A.4 CE6A.11 IP4E.5 Tree & Sidewalk Conflicts: Improved design 82% TMC updates, Phase 3 Tree & Sidewalk Ops Plan, SOPs, policies and design for no-net-loss MP1A.5 MP1D.6 MP1D.8 CT2B.7 MP1D.10 Tree & Sidewalk Conflicts: City resources for assessments 76% Biennium budget enhancement request (2023-24) for City Arborist CT2A.4 MP1D.6 8
  9. 9. FEEDBACK & PLAN ALIGNMENT ONE TACOMA ONE CANOPY Planning Theme Community Survey #2 (375 responses) Theme of Survey Question % Action Plan # Heritage Tree Program: Public street trees 94% Heritage Tree Ordinance in TMC, Landmarks Preservation Commission role MP1C.7 CE6C.7 Heritage Tree Program: Private trees (voluntary) 72% Heritage Tree Ordinance in TMC, Landmarks Preservation Commission role MP1C.7 CE6C.7 Public Street Tree Maintenance Responsibility: City program 64% Policies and procedures 14 priority corridors, 4k trees, 600/year Inventories and risk assessments MP1B.3 FA3B.3 FA3B.4 IP4A.1 IP4A.2 RM5A.1 FA3D.8 Public Street Tree Maintenance Responsibility: Resource allocation 63% Biennium budget enhancement request (2021-22) for City Arborist Crew 2023-24 enhancement to increase per capita expenditures CT2A.3 FA3A.2 FA3A.6 Public Street Tree Maintenance Responsibility: Priority corridors 62% 14 priority corridors across neighborhoods Tacoma Equity Index 4k trees (600 trees per year) FA3B.3 FA3B.4 9
  10. 10. FEEDBACK & PLAN ALIGNMENT 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? 10 ONE TACOMA ONE CANOPY Visioning Exercise
  11. 11. FEEDBACK & PLAN ALIGNMENT 11 ONE TACOMA ONE CANOPY One Tacoma, One Canopy: Tacoma’s trees and forests are recognized as integral to sustaining life and health for all City residents. A healthy, thriving, and sustainable urban forest is a community priority, to be thoughtfully managed and cared for by partnerships between the City and its residents to maximize public safety and benefits that include a thriving ecosystem, vibrant economy, and livable communities shared by all Tacomans. Discussion Outcomes ✓ Human health ✓ Call to action ✓ Shared effort ✓ Holistic approach Visioning Exercise
  12. 12. FEEDBACK & PLAN ALIGNMENT 1) City Street Tree Maintenance Responsibility d 2) Tree & Sidewalk Conflicts / Tree Protection d 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 12 ONE TACOMA ONE CANOPY Strategy Prioritization Exercise Ranked #1 - Tree Planting ($$) with 21 entries (42 tokens) Ranked #2 - City Staffing (Outreach/Education) ($$) with 20 entries (41 tokens) Ranked #3 - Heritage Tree Program ($) with 19 entries (19 tokens) Ranked #4 - City Street Tree Maintenance Respon…($$$$) with 13 entries (54 tokens) Ranked #5 - Tree Code Revision/Enforcement ($$) with 10 entries (19 tokens) Ranked #6 - Tree & Sidewalk Conflicts/Tree Protection ($$$) with 6 entries (19 tokens) Other - 17 tokens and 7 written comments submitted and recorded in meeting notes Results
  13. 13. THE URBAN FOREST ACTION PLAN ONE TACOMA ONE CANOPY 13 Planning Theme MANAGEMENT POLICY GOAL: Tacoma’s urban forest policies are the foundation for preserving the environmental benefits, management, and the character of Tacoma’s urban forest. 1 Some Action Callouts Target Year Use Code Recommendations to establish an Urban Forestry Title, align urban forestry policy with One Tacoma, update antiquated language and inconsistencies, and require the use of industry BMPs. 2021 Update TMC with a Heritage Tree Ordinance. 2022 Plant 2,000 trees through City projects annually and support 8,500 annual tree plantings through partnerships and public incentive programs. Improve tracking and reporting of partnership plantings. Annual Align tree protection and design standards in TMC 13.06.502.E with a no-net-loss policy by 2023 to achieve tree canopy goals. 2023
  14. 14. THE URBAN FOREST ACTION PLAN ONE TACOMA ONE CANOPY 14 Planning Theme MANAGEMENT POLICY GOAL: Tacoma’s urban forest policies are the foundation for preserving the environmental benefits, management, and the character of Tacoma’s urban forest. 1 ✓ Plant and maintain trees on your property using best practices. Learn about urban trees from the U.S. Forest Service at fs.fed.us/managing-land/urbanforests. ✓ Explore stewardship and volunteer activities with the City, local non-profits, and other organizations. ✓ Be vigilant by contacting Urban Forestry if you see a hazard tree or a tree pest or disease of concern in the right-of-way. ✓ Consider the City’s Grit City Trees and Coupon Programs to help Tacoma reach the 30% tree canopy goal. ONE TACOMA, ONE CANOPY Our urban forest needs you
  15. 15. THE URBAN FOREST ACTION PLAN ONE TACOMA ONE CANOPY Planning Theme CAPACITY AND TRAINING GOAL: The City has the capacity and expertise to provide optimal levels of service for equitable urban forest management. 2 Some Action Callouts Target Year Conduct annual urban forestry events, or partner-events— especially involving youth—relating to tree planting and pruning to increase capacity for the care of public trees led by citizen tree stewards. Annual Strengthen arborist crew needs assessment. Develop a business case in 2020 to propose 2021-2022 biennium budget enhancement request for an arborist crew (see Appendix C). 2020 Prepare a business case detailing staff needs for a City Arborist to support implementation of the Plan, and more specifically, address the technical needs of PWD, ES, and PDS. 2021 Using the information gathered from the Work Group interviews (Phase 1 Plan), utilize the continuous improvement framework to fix operational workflows in urban forest management. 2022 15
  16. 16. THE URBAN FOREST ACTION PLAN ONE TACOMA ONE CANOPY Planning Theme CAPACITY AND TRAINING GOAL: The City has the capacity and expertise to provide optimal levels of service for equitable urban forest management. 2 16 ✓ Attend tree-related events and workshops. ✓ Join the listserv to stay up-to-date (cityoftacoma.org/environews). ✓ Volunteer for a local tree-related organization. ✓ Want to learn more about trees? Become an ISA Certified Arborist! ✓ Visit cityoftacoma.org/urbanforestry to learn more about proper tree management, planting, and the tree permit process. ONE TACOMA, ONE CANOPY Our urban forest needs you
  17. 17. THE URBAN FOREST ACTION PLAN ONE TACOMA ONE CANOPY Planning Theme FUNDING AND AUTHORITY GOAL: City resources and authority enable equitable urban forest management for the preservation and enhancement of tree benefits. 3 Some Action Callouts Target Year Implement a City street tree maintenance program and start street tree maintenance in identified corridors and neighborhoods (approximately 4,000 total trees). 2021 Prune approximately 600 established public trees per year along target road corridors to preserve existing mature canopy and train young trees to reduce potential risk. 2022, Annual Establish and sustain efforts with neighborhood organizations, NBDs, NCDs, and civic groups in all Tacoma neighborhoods by 2022 to implement young tree maintenance approaches for the care of 10,500 trees planted annually. 2022 17
  18. 18. THE URBAN FOREST ACTION PLAN ONE TACOMA ONE CANOPY Planning Theme FUNDING AND AUTHORITY GOAL: City resources and authority enable equitable urban forest management for the preservation and enhancement of tree benefits. 3 18 ✓ Join your neighborhood association and coordinate tree-themed improvement projects. Funding opportunities described at cityoftacoma.org/urbanforestry. ✓ Learn about the public trees inventoried in Tacoma by visiting www.pg- cloud.com/TacomaWA. ✓ Learn about public right-of-way tree maintenance responsibility on the City’s urban forestry website. ✓ Get involved by joining the Green Tacoma Partnership and local environmental nonprofits and find out how you can volunteer. ONE TACOMA, ONE CANOPY Our urban forest needs you
  19. 19. THE URBAN FOREST ACTION PLAN ONE TACOMA ONE CANOPY Planning Theme INVENTORY AND PLANNING GOAL: A comprehensive understanding of the urban forest ensures data-driven decisions, sustainable and equitable planning, and amplifies the benefits received from trees. 4 Some Action Callouts Target Year Conduct a comprehensive inventory of public trees planted and maintained by the City, keeping the data current, and continue the cycle aligned with tree maintenance cycles (600 trees per year) and City tree planting projects (2,000 trees per year). Annual Develop a strategic urban forest management plan for one priority neighborhood or area per year. Address best practices, species diversity, and tree pest and disease resiliency. Annual Use the tree inventory data in private development as part of permit inspections for compliance. 2025 Conduct a high-resolution tree canopy assessment Citywide and by planning boundaries to track canopy gains and losses and to inform future tree plantings and preservation. 2030 19
  20. 20. THE URBAN FOREST ACTION PLAN ONE TACOMA ONE CANOPY Planning Theme INVENTORY AND PLANNING GOAL: A comprehensive understanding of the urban forest ensures data-driven decisions, sustainable and equitable planning, and amplifies the benefits received from trees. 4 20 ✓ Learn more about the extent of the urban forest by reading the 2018 Tree Canopy Assessment. Find out how canopy goals can be achieved in your neighborhood. ✓ Visit Pierce Conservation District’s website (PierceCD.org) to learn how you can manage invasive species and protect your trees from harmful pests and diseases. ✓ Consider Tacoma’s Grit City Trees program cityoftacoma.org/urbanforestry and learn how to plant and care for your tree. ✓ Get involved by joining the Green Tacoma Partnership and local environmental nonprofits and find out how you can volunteer. ONE TACOMA, ONE CANOPY Our urban forest needs you
  21. 21. THE URBAN FOREST ACTION PLAN ONE TACOMA ONE CANOPY Planning Theme RISK AND DISASTER MANAGEMENT GOAL: Proactively manage tree-related risk throughout the urban forest and equip urban forest leaders with resources to address risks and disasters. 5 Some Action Callouts Target Year In 2021, assess potential tree-related risks for all 4,000 public street trees the City is starting to maintain. Then conduct annual routine inventories in line with maintenance schedules with intent to document, monitor, prepare, and mitigate current and future risks to the urban forest. 2021, Annual Work with environmental non-profit organizations and other partners to provide resources and annual training regarding tree pest and disease management as well as invasive species management. Annual Implement the Tree Risk Management Plan that relates to planning for structural tree risks, exotic tree pest and disease threats, and disasters. 2021 Mitigate high-risk trees in the City’s newly acquired maintenance areas (public trees) by incrementally (25% by 2021, 50% by 2025, 75% by 2028) addressing high-risk trees annually with the appropriate maintenance activity. 2021- 2030 21
  22. 22. THE URBAN FOREST ACTION PLAN ONE TACOMA ONE CANOPY Planning Theme RISK AND DISASTER MANAGEMENT GOAL: Proactively manage tree-related risk throughout the urban forest and equip urban forest leaders with resources to address risks and disasters. 5 22 ✓ Are you prepared for natural disasters and other emergencies? Learn more about personal preparedness here: co.pierce.wa.us/945/Personal-Preparedness and stay alert by signing up for Pierce County’s ALERT program: co.pierce.wa.us/921/Pierce-County-ALERT. ✓ Did you know Tacoma manages almost 500 acres of passive open space, including many forests and natural areas? Learn more at cityoftacoma.org/openspace. Consider volunteering to help manage these vital open space areas at EarthCorps.org/Volunteer. ✓ Did you know there is an international standardized method for assessing trees and their potential risks? Learn more at PNWISA.org/Certification. ✓ Learn your invasive trees and shrubs and how to manage them at PierceCountyWeedBoard.org. ✓ Report an invasive tree pest or disease by contacting the state plant health director at aphis.usda.gov. ONE TACOMA, ONE CANOPY Our urban forest needs you
  23. 23. THE URBAN FOREST ACTION PLAN ONE TACOMA ONE CANOPY Planning Theme COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT GOAL: Sustainable urban forest management and equity is achieved through a partnership with the City and its residents resulting in improved well-being, human health outcomes, and stronger local economies. 6 Some Action Callouts Target Year Support and sustain partnerships with local and regional organizations. Increase number of community volunteers annually from 2018 records. Annual Encourage youth participation in Arbor Day and Green Tacoma Day events. Encourage and provide technical support to enable tree- related curriculum and plantings at schools. 2021, 2030 Establish a young adult job training, urban forest stewardship program to facilitate planting and care of 10,500 trees annually. 2021 Identify appropriate parks, rights-of-way, and other public spaces in Tacoma that feasibly can support healthy and safe fruit trees to support gleaning initiatives. 2023 Establish non-conventional partnerships that serve single and/or multiple Tacoma neighborhoods. All 8 neighborhoods should be supported. 2025 23
  24. 24. THE URBAN FOREST ACTION PLAN ONE TACOMA ONE CANOPY Planning Theme COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT GOAL: Sustainable urban forest management and equity is achieved through a partnership with the City and its residents resulting in improved well-being, human health outcomes, and stronger local economies. 6 24 ✓ Trees need people just as much as people need trees. Consider volunteering a local environmental organization. ✓ Engage your local parks and enjoy the restorative effect of our urban forest. Visit MetroParksTacoma.org to find a park near you. ✓ Sign up for EnviroNews with Citizens for a Healthy Bay to learn about workshops, training, and news at HealthyBay.org. ✓ Participate in biannual urban forest surveys. Your feedback is influential to current and future programs. ✓ See how this Plan’s actions align with One Tacoma at cityoftacoma.org/planning and Tacoma 2025 at cityoftacoma.org/tacoma_2025. ONE TACOMA, ONE CANOPY Our urban forest needs you
  25. 25. PLAN IMPLEMENTATION 25 ONE TACOMA ONE CANOPY Summary of Opportunities for Community Support and Engagement ✓Neighborhood plans ✓Private planting and care ✓Non-conventional partnerships ✓Stewardship ✓Volunteering ✓Monitoring and inventory ✓City programs ✓Youth engagement ✓Arbor Day support ✓Education, workshops, events ✓Surveys and feedback
  26. 26. TACOMA TREE FOUNDATION 26 ONE TACOMA ONE CANOPY Call to Action! ✓ Become a TTF Tree Steward ✓ Become a volunteer and help plant trees in communities ✓ Help identify and map opportunities for tree planting ✓ Participate in TTF’s tree inventory project ✓ Attend public meetings and get politically engaged ✓ Sign up for our Newsletter by visiting our website www.tacomatreefoundation.org!
  27. 27. OPEN DISCUSSION & CLOSING REMARKS ✓ Meeting summary & synthesis ✓ Copy of the presentation ✓ City Council presentation ✓ Phase 3 reports & plans ✓ Read Phase 1 & 2 online ✓ Stay connected at TacomaTreePlan.org! ✓ Thank you for your participation! Photo source: Tacoma Weekly 27 ONE TACOMA ONE CANOPY Questions/Comments/Discussion Closing Remarks
  28. 28. 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 connected 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 28
  29. 29. SUPPORTING STUDIES ONE TACOMA ONE CANOPY Census Block Groups with less than the Citywide tree cover of 20% (139 CBGs) 29
  30. 30. SUPPORTING STUDIES 30 ONE TACOMA ONE CANOPY Land Use Actual Tree Cover % Goal Cover # of Trees by 2030 Crossroads Mixed-Use Center 12% 15% 635 Downtown Reg’l Growth Center 7% 10% 968 General Commercial 7% 10% 809 Heavy Industrial 4% 6% 2,640 Light Industrial 6% 10% 710 Major Institutional Campus 10% 15% 1,033 Multi-Family (High Density) 14% 20% 770 Multi-Family (Low Density) 15% 20% 2,438 Neighborhood Commercial 10% 15% 985 Neighborhood Mixed-Use Center 9% 12% 382 Parks and Open Space 56% 70% 22,930 Shoreline 21% 28% 2,341 Single Family Residential 17% 30% 62,164 Tacoma Mall Reg’l Growth Center 10% 15% 797 TOTAL TREES 99,602 TOTAL TREES NEEDED 104,264 DIFFERENCE 4,662 Census Block Groups with less than the Citywide tree cover of 20% (139 CBGs)
  31. 31. SUPPORTING STUDIES 31 ONE TACOMA ONE CANOPY Priority Corridors
  32. 32. SUPPORTING STUDIES 32 ONE TACOMA ONE CANOPY Priority Corridors
  33. 33. SUPPORTING STUDIES 33 ONE TACOMA ONE CANOPY Priority Corridors Priority Neighborhood Roadway Extent Estimated Trees South Tacoma S Tyler St South 74th St to SR 16 Hwy W 400 trees South Tacoma Center St S Orchard to South Pine St 100 trees South Tacoma S Pine St S 80th St to S Tacoma Way 400 trees South Tacoma S Montgomery St S 77th St to S 56th St 120 trees South Tacoma S 48th St S Tacoma Way to I5 Hwy N 100 trees South End Yakima Ave S 96th St to S 48th St 400 trees South End S L St S 96th St to S 35th St 300 trees South End Pacific Ave S 99th St to S 56th St 300 trees East Side McKinley Ave E 72nd St to Upper Park St 500 trees East Side E 40th St Pacific Ave to Portland Ave E 175 trees East Side E Portland Ave 74th St C E to I5 Hwy N 500 trees West End 6th Ave Bridgeport Way W to S Stadium Way 300 trees North End N 30th St N Pearl St to N Schuster Pkwy 350 trees North East Nassau Ave NE Browns Point Blvd NE to Northshore Pkwy 150 trees Total Tree Estimate 4,000 trees

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