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Tacoma Urban Forest Management Plan Presentation to Sustainable Tacoma Commission

The City's Environmental Services Department and urban forestry consultants presented the Urban Forest Management Plan project to STC on July 25, 2019. The presentation included an overview of the planning approach and a request for feedback from STC for various components of the Plan. STC provided suggestions for community outreach and engagement exercises and approaches to inform the development of the UFMP.

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Urban Forestry
Urban Forest
Management Plan
Update
Mike Carey
Urban Forest Program Manager
July 25, 2019
Overview
• Urban Forest Mgmt. Plan (UFMP) Overview
• UFMP project status
• Next steps & timeline
• UFMP items for review and feedback
• Questions/comments
1
Urban Forest
Management Plan
Project Overview
2
Issues
• Outdated tree-related
ordinances
• Lack of tree preservation
• Limited rights-of-way tree
maintenance responsibility
for City
• Unclear responsibilities and
workflows as it relates to trees
in ROWs, Critical Areas, and
private property
No, this tree’s not dead. The
best time to plant is in the fall!
4
Issues continued
• Disproportioned resources:
tree canopy, benefits, and
care of trees
• UFMP project addresses
Livability; Economy and
Workforce; Civic
Engagement; Education;
Equity and Accessibility;
Social Conditions;
Sustainability
• UFMP will impact trees and
canopy on public and
private land
No, this tree’s not dead. The
best time to plant is in the fall!
4
Timeline: UFMP Project
✓April 2019: Kick Off
• April - July: Phase 1
• Inventory (Current State)
• Existing Conditions & Operations
• Benchmarking Research
• Aug. – Nov.: Phase 2
• Education & Comm. Engagement
• Implementation – Short/Long Term
• January 2020: Phase 3
• Sustained Funding Source
• Tree Risk Reduction Plan
• Trees and Sidewalks Operations Plan
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Tacoma Urban Forest Management Plan Presentation to Sustainable Tacoma Commission

  • 1. Urban Forestry Urban Forest Management Plan Update Mike Carey Urban Forest Program Manager July 25, 2019
  • 2. Overview • Urban Forest Mgmt. Plan (UFMP) Overview • UFMP project status • Next steps & timeline • UFMP items for review and feedback • Questions/comments 1
  • 4. Issues • Outdated tree-related ordinances • Lack of tree preservation • Limited rights-of-way tree maintenance responsibility for City • Unclear responsibilities and workflows as it relates to trees in ROWs, Critical Areas, and private property No, this tree’s not dead. The best time to plant is in the fall! 4
  • 5. Issues continued • Disproportioned resources: tree canopy, benefits, and care of trees • UFMP project addresses Livability; Economy and Workforce; Civic Engagement; Education; Equity and Accessibility; Social Conditions; Sustainability • UFMP will impact trees and canopy on public and private land No, this tree’s not dead. The best time to plant is in the fall! 4
  • 6. Timeline: UFMP Project ✓April 2019: Kick Off • April - July: Phase 1 • Inventory (Current State) • Existing Conditions & Operations • Benchmarking Research • Aug. – Nov.: Phase 2 • Education & Comm. Engagement • Implementation – Short/Long Term • January 2020: Phase 3 • Sustained Funding Source • Tree Risk Reduction Plan • Trees and Sidewalks Operations Plan 16
  • 9. Internal Stakeholders 4 Staff interviews and meetings: May 2019 #1 Operations, Tree Hazards, Risk Management & the UFMP #2 Planning, Design & the UFMP #3 Data, Information Technology & the UFMP #4 Outreach, Communication, Marketing & the UFMP #5 Neighborhood Revitalization & the UFMP #6 City Code, Policies, Standards & the UFMP Map Existing Operations & Interactions: Completed Identify resource and training gaps, needs, etc.: Completed
  • 11. Phase 1 - Benchmarking Research & UF Audit 4 US Forest Service’s UF Sustainability & Management Audit Description Current Management Policy and Ordinances %TBD Professional Capacity and Training %TBD Funding and Accounting %TBD Decision and Management Authority %TBD Inventories %TBD Urban Forest Management Plans %TBD Risk Management %TBD Disaster Planning %TBD Practices, Standards, and BMPs %TBD Community %TBD Green Asset Evaluation (Observed Outcomes) %TBD TOTAL %TBD
  • 12. Benchmarking Research & UF Audit 4 US Forest Service’s UF Sustainability & Management Audit 1) Management Policy and Ordinances Category Component Evaluated Description or Criteria for Evaluation Status 1.00 Approved Policy Statements Written policy statements approved by a governing body. 1.01 Climate Change (Sustainability) Also referred to as Sustainability. With reference to urban trees. Addresses the long-term health and productivity of the natural resource. 2) Adopted Common Practice 1.02 No Net Loss Can refer to trees, basal area, or canopy. 2) Adopted Common Practice 1.03 Risk Management Should reference: ANSI A300 Part 9, ISA BMP, and prioritization funding mechanisms. 1) In Development 2) Professional Capacity and Training Category Component Evaluated Description or Criteria for Evaluation Status 2.00 Professional Management Provision for professional consultation. 2.01 Certified Arborist - Staff 1) In Development 2.02 Certified Arborist - Contracted 1) In Development Demonstration Only
  • 13. Benchmarking Research & UF Audit 4 US Forest Service’s UF Sustainability & Management Audit Demonstration Only 9) Practices, Standards, and Best Management Practices Category Component Evaluated Description or Criteria for Evaluation Status 9.00 ANSI Standard & BMP Activities 9.01 ANSI Standards Reference and adherence to ANSI Standards for arboricultural practices (A300), safety (Z133), or Nursery Stock (ANSI Z60.1) (any or all). 1) In Development 9.02 Ages/Diameter Distribution Specific management for the development of an age-diverse tree population 1) In Development 10) Community Category Component Evaluated Description or Criteria for Evaluation Status 10.00 Community Building 10.01 American Grove Does your community/campus use American Grove to document and publicize your urban forestry program, activity, or events? 0) Not Practiced 10.02 Education The urban forest is used as an educational laboratory for class activity; Kids in the Woods, PLT, high school, or college level. 2) Adopted Common Practice
  • 14. Benchmarking Research & UF Audit 4 Criteria & Indicators of Urban Forest Sustainability Sustainable Urban Forest Management Species Diversity Size Diversity Climate Change Resiliency VegetationResource Community Framework ResourceManagement Funding Staffing Code, Policies, Standards Partners Awareness Stewards
  • 15. Inventory and Analysis 4 • Tree Canopy Assessment review, analysis, and summary • Tree inventory data review, analysis, and summary • Ecosystem benefits analyses • Cost/Benefit analysis
  • 16. Infrastructure Planning and Sustainability Presentation (Aug. 21, 2019) 4 • Benchmarking Research • Urban Forest Audit • Municipal Code Review & Recommendations • Next Steps
  • 18. Phase 2 - Short-Term Strategies 4 • Recommendations and strategies • Implementation monitoring measures • Develop City roles and responsibilities
  • 19. Phase 2 - Long-Term Strategies 4 5-20 years horizon; 4 incremental 5-year mgmt plans • Annual operating plans • Preferred level of service (based on C&I) • Implementation steps, timelines, and resources • Monitoring measures
  • 20. Phase 2 – Community Engagement 4 August through November Public Surveys TACOMA UFMP ABOUT TIMELINE ENGAGE (demonstration only) Public Meetings UFMP Website
  • 21. Phase 2 – Final UFMP & Council Presentation 4 ✓Public meeting ✓Presentation of UFMP ✓Adopt UFMP ✓Support implementation ✓Introduction to Phase 3
  • 23. Phase 3 – Supplemental Plans & Studies 4 1. Sustained Funding Source • Based on benchmarking results, Audit, C&I’s • Analysis of existing and potential partners • Use of educational materials and inventory to build support 2. Tree Risk Reduction Plan • Based on industry standards, analysis of tree inventory data, operations reviews, and pest/disease/climate change projections • Recommendations for Municipal Code modifications • Recommendations for updated design standards 3. Trees and Sidewalks Operations Plan • Decision process for evaluating tree preservation or removal • Design standards 4. Tacoma Mall Inventory & Report • Public & private tree inventory, planting spaces (4,000 points) • Inform tree preservation, maintenance, and planting
  • 25. Feedback Request 4 Sustainable Tacoma Commission Overview ✓Responsible for implementing the strategies in the EAP ✓Measuring the City’s progress
  • 26. Feedback Request 4 Requesting feedback on & support for upcoming development of: ✓Municipal Code review & recommendations ✓Tree canopy cover goals, targets, priorities, phases, etc. ✓Community outreach & engagement approach ✓UFMP website content ✓Short & long-term UFMP strategies ✓Phase 1, 2, & 3 draft documents
  • 28. Urban Forestry Urban Forest Management Plan Update Mike Carey Urban Forest Program Manager July 25, 2019