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Management Plan Tool

This section of Urban Forestry South Expo provides access to the Urban Forest Management Planning Tool and a library of urban forestry strategic and management plans from various communities around the country.

The purpose of an urban forest strategic or management plan is to establish focus and direction for the urban forest program.  These plans provide the framework for implementing the program and the basis for consistent decision making.  The plans also are a tool for helping to establish budgetary needs.

Planning can occur at various levels.  The broadest level is the strategic or comprehensive plan.  This long-range or master plan helps to establish the overall goals of the communities urban forestry program.  With input from a wide spectrum of citizens, non-governmental organizations, businesses, and government, this blueprint lays out the program's administration and management, and integrates it with other comprehensive community plans.

Urban forest management plans are the "nuts and bolts" of the community's tree program field operations and are usually tied to detailed tree inventory data.  The plan identifies tree maintenance and stocking needs within the community.

Urban Forest Management Plan Writing Tool

This "tool" is designed as an introduction to management plan development. It will guide you through the planning process and create a simple, customized plan for your community.

Access the tool here!

Click here for the Urban Forest Management Plan Writing Tool User's Manual.

Click here to view a sample management plan generated via the Writing Tool.

It is highly recommended that communities seek the advice and assistance of an experienced urban forester during the pre-planning and planning stages.

UF Planning Library

This section houses various strategic and management plans from communities around the nation in hopes of helping those communities that do not have plans better understand their own needs.  It is highly recommended that communities seek the advice and assistance of an experienced urban forester during the pre-planning and planning stages.

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