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Tacoma, WA Urban Forest Management Plan Community Meeting 9-18-19

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 plan and vision for our urban forest. ​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 Public Library
Wheelock Branch
September 18, 2019
6:00pm – 7:00pm
A community meeting to discuss Tacoma’s urban forest and the programs, projects, and efforts
shaping it; guests will share their thoughts and ideas to engage in the Urban Forest Management
Plan visioning exercises and discuss all things tree-related.
A PLAN FOR TACOMA’S URBAN FOREST
Community Meeting
ONE TACOMA
ONE CANOPY
We all benefit from Tacoma’s urban forest but come from different backgrounds and
experience it in different ways. Share your comments on what brought you to the meeting
today, questions or concerns you have, and ideas!
A PLAN FOR TACOMA’S URBAN FOREST
ONE TACOMA
ONE CANOPY
What brought you here today?
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
Sarah Low,
Executive Director
Tacoma Tree Foundation
Arvada, CO
Portland, OR
Port Angeles, WA
TONIGHT’S AGENDA
ONE TACOMA
ONE CANOPY
Welcome & Intros
Benefits of Tacoma’s Trees
Why a Plan for the Urban Forest?
A Vision for Our Urban Forest
Open Discussion, Share Your Thoughts
Closing Remarks & Continued Discussion
BENEFITS OF TACOMA’S TREES
ONE TACOMA
ONE CANOPY
“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
BENEFITS OF TACOMA’S TREES
ONE TACOMA
ONE CANOPY

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Tacoma, WA Urban Forest Management Plan Community Meeting 9-18-19

  • 1. Tacoma Public Library Wheelock Branch September 18, 2019 6:00pm – 7:00pm A community meeting to discuss Tacoma’s urban forest and the programs, projects, and efforts shaping it; guests will share their thoughts and ideas to engage in the Urban Forest Management Plan visioning exercises and discuss all things tree-related. A PLAN FOR TACOMA’S URBAN FOREST Community Meeting ONE TACOMA ONE CANOPY
  • 2. We all benefit from Tacoma’s urban forest but come from different backgrounds and experience it in different ways. Share your comments on what brought you to the meeting today, questions or concerns you have, and ideas! A PLAN FOR TACOMA’S URBAN FOREST ONE TACOMA ONE CANOPY What brought you here today?
  • 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 Sarah Low, Executive Director Tacoma Tree Foundation Arvada, CO Portland, OR Port Angeles, WA
  • 4. TONIGHT’S AGENDA ONE TACOMA ONE CANOPY Welcome & Intros Benefits of Tacoma’s Trees Why a Plan for the Urban Forest? A Vision for Our Urban Forest Open Discussion, Share Your Thoughts Closing Remarks & Continued Discussion
  • 5. BENEFITS OF TACOMA’S TREES ONE TACOMA ONE CANOPY “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
  • 6. BENEFITS OF TACOMA’S TREES ONE TACOMA ONE CANOPY
  • 7. BENEFITS OF TACOMA’S TREES ONE TACOMA ONE CANOPY STORMWATER REDUCTION PROPERTY VALUES WILDLIFE AIR QUALITY EROSION CONTROLENERGY SAVINGS WELL BEING BOOSTS ECONOMY IMPROVES FOCUS INSPIRES PHYSICAL ACTIVITY NEIGHBORHOOD SAFETY AESTHETICS REDUCED HEAT ISLANDS WATER QUALITY See The Nature Conservancy’s Outside Our Doors report for more
  • 8. BENEFITS OF TACOMA’S TREES ONE TACOMA ONE CANOPY Value added to properties $$$$ Filter and absorb pollutants $$$$ Reduce gallons treated $$$$ Reduce kilowatt hours $$$$ Store and sequester carbon $$$$ Total Annual Value $$$$ Property Value Air Quality Stormwater Energy Use Carbon Total Value itreetools.org TreePlotter.com
  • 9. WHY A PLAN FOR THE URBAN FOREST? ONE TACOMA ONE CANOPY Key Issues, Concerns & Opportunities Existing Policy, Plans, Studies, & Efforts Urban Forest Management Plan Overview
  • 10. WHY A PLAN FOR THE URBAN FOREST? ONE TACOMA ONE CANOPY Key Issues, Concerns & Opportunities City Management • Improved/updated tree-related ordinances • Tree preservation considerations • Limited rights-of-way tree maintenance responsibility for City • Clarified responsibilities and workflows Community • Disproportioned resources: tree canopy, benefits, and care of trees • Attention to Livability; Economy and Workforce; Civic Engagement; Education; Equity and Accessibility; Social Conditions; Sustainability • UFMP may influence trees and canopy on public and private land
  • 11. WHY A PLAN FOR THE URBAN FOREST? ONE TACOMA ONE CANOPY Key Issues, Concerns & Opportunities 30% BY 2030 CANOPY COVER (COMPREHENSIVE PLAN, 2010)
  • 12. WHY A PLAN FOR THE URBAN FOREST? ONE TACOMA ONE CANOPY Key Issues, Concerns & Opportunities 30% BY 2030 CANOPY COVER
  • 13. WHY A PLAN FOR THE URBAN FOREST? ONE TACOMA ONE CANOPY Existing Policy, Plans, Studies, & Efforts Urban Forest Management Plan (1992) Climate Action Plan (2008) • Increase tree planting on public and private property • develop an urban trees and open space inventory Urban Forest Policy Element (2010) • 30% tree canopy cover goal by 2030, “30 by 30” • Tree retention/preservation • Leading by example through care of City-owned trees Urban Forest Manual (2014) Tacoma 2025 (2015) Right-of-Way (ROW) Design Manual (2016) Environmental Action Plan (2016) • Increase healthy urban forest canopy, with a specific focus in historically underserved neighborhoods • Improve tree protection regulations on private property & City ROW
  • 14. WHY A PLAN FOR THE URBAN FOREST? ONE TACOMA ONE CANOPY Existing Policy, Plans, Studies, & Efforts 2018 Tree Canopy Assessment
  • 15. WHY A PLAN FOR THE URBAN FOREST? ONE TACOMA ONE CANOPY Existing Policy, Plans, Studies, & Efforts 2018 Tree Canopy Assessment
  • 16. WHY A PLAN FOR THE URBAN FOREST? ONE TACOMA ONE CANOPY Existing Policy, Plans, Studies, & Efforts 2019 Tree Inventories Most common trees 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% Tacoma Mall tree size (diameter) Other Inventories: 2019 4k sample inventory 2010 Business Districts inventory Metro Parks tree inventory 5% 5% 4% 4%4% 3% Other species, 67% Small Medium Large
  • 17. WHY A PLAN FOR THE URBAN FOREST? ONE TACOMA ONE CANOPY Existing Policy, Plans, Studies, & Efforts Urban Heat Island Study Communities of Concern (2014) Urban Heat Study (2018)
  • 18. WHY A PLAN FOR THE URBAN FOREST? ONE TACOMA ONE CANOPY Existing Policy, Plans, Studies, & Efforts Tree Management Software www.pg-cloud.com/TacomaWA
  • 19. 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.
  • 20. WHY A PLAN FOR THE URBAN FOREST? ONE TACOMA ONE CANOPY Urban Forest Management Plan Overview
  • 21. 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 & Comm. Engagement o Plan development ❑ Dec. 2019: Final Plan Adopted Urban Forest Management Plan Overview
  • 22. WHY A PLAN FOR THE URBAN FOREST? ONE TACOMA ONE CANOPY COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AUGUST THROUGH NOVEMBER (AND BEYOND) Public Surveys Public Meetings Urban Forest Management Plan Overview UFMP Website Home About Resources Explore Our Forest Events Surveys
  • 23. A VISION FOR OUR URBAN FOREST ONE TACOMA ONE CANOPY
  • 24. 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
  • 25. A VISION FOR OUR URBAN FOREST ONE TACOMA ONE CANOPY A vision for our urban forest
  • 26. 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?
  • 27. A VISION FOR OUR URBAN FOREST ONE TACOMA ONE CANOPY Question #2 What would 30% tree cover look and feel like and what would it take to achieve this?
  • 28. A VISION FOR OUR URBAN FOREST ONE TACOMA ONE CANOPY 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?
  • 29. BREAK & OPEN DISCUSSION ONE TACOMA ONE CANOPY Expand on your responses What questions do you have? Where to find more information? How to get involved? Thoughts, ideas, and opportunities? Technical tree questions?
  • 30. CLOSING REMARKS ONE TACOMA ONE CANOPY ✓ More time for discussion ✓ Meeting summary & synthesis ✓ Copy of the presentation ✓ October & November meetings ✓ Round 2 survey ✓ Green Tacoma Day ✓ TMC recommendations ✓ Report of findings ✓ Short & long-term strategies ✓ City Council presentation ✓ Final UFMP ✓ Phase 3 reports & plans ✓ Follow along at TacomaTreePlan.org! Photo source: Tacoma Weekly
  • 31. 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 Sarah Low Executive Director, Tacoma Tree Foundation info@tacomatreefoundation.org 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