Share your views with the City Council
When: Tuesday Jul 19, 2011 3:00PM
The Urban Forestry Management Plan (UFMP) project is on the 2011 Council Work Plan. If adopted, the UFMP will provide a comprehensive, sustainable and integrated approach to management of trees in Gresham and will provide guidance for future decisions related to trees in Gresham’s urban forest.
The UFMP includes an Executive Summary and six chapters, which are available online at www.greshamoregon.gov/urbanforestryplan. (Download tip: first save the UFMP (5MB) PDF to your desktop then open the document.)
Three goals are recommended:
- Goal 1: Create a high-quality urban forest in Gresham.
- Goal 2: Establish proactive public tree maintenance and management practices.
- Goal 3: Promote community partnerships and education opportunities for urban forestry.
Short-term actions items that can be implemented without adding additional resources are:
- Simplify and consolidate tree codes, making them clear to the public and implementable by City staff.
- Update the City’s Street Tree List to reflect “Right Tree, Right Place” strategies.
- Promote educational offerings and informational materials.
- Develop a process to establish meaningful tree-canopy coverage goals throughout the city.
- Hold quarterly meetings between City department representatives and the Urban Forestry Subcommittee. Connect with residents by hosting a citywide celebration of Gresham’s urban forest every two years.
The Urban Forestry Subcommittee recommended that Council adopt the UFMP at their June 7, 2011 meeting and the Natural Resources and Sustainability Committee unanimously endorsed the UFMP at their June 14, 2011 meeting.
Gresham City Council Agendas can be accessed at www.GreshamOregon.gov/agendas.
Visit the City's Urban Forestry website for tree policies, regulations and more.
For more information contact Tina Osterink, Natural Resources Planner in Urban Design & Planning, at 503-618-2392 or Tina.Osterink@GreshamOregon.gov.