Strategic Reports

Trees make a highly valuable contribution to the amenity and environment of a site or LGA. Mature trees of all species add a sense of heritage, value, and prestige to the site and its precincts. They give landscapes shade, amenity, and scale when combined with other landscape design and heritage elements.

Trees also provide several species of birds, animals, insects, and understory plants and shrubs on site with these advantages. They also provide numerous other benefits, such as helping to cool the atmosphere, reduce wind speeds, reduce stormwater run-off, and reduce salinity and soil erosion.

For all of these reasons, maintaining a healthy, varied, and continuing tree population over time is an important long-term planning component to ensure that a site or LGA retains its ecological, social, economic, and cultural significance.

What are tree management plans?

A Tree Management Plan (TMP) is a document that outlines the specific actions that will be taken to manage a tree or urban forest. The TMP includes an assessment of the trees in the area, the goals for managing the trees, and the steps that will be taken to achieve those goals.

We can assess and drill down on gathered tree data in order to meet or surpass set canopy goals, as well as provide a comprehensive approach to tree species selection and management to our clients.

Why would I need a tree management plan or urban forest strategy?

There are many reasons why you might want to develop a tree management plan. Perhaps you are responsible for maintaining a park or street trees in an urban area. Maybe you are a landowner with acres of forestland that you want to protect and enhance. Or maybe you are just concerned about the health of the trees on your property.

No matter what the reason, a Tree Management Plan or Urban Forest Strategy can help you achieve your goals. The plan will help you to:

  • Assess the condition of the trees within the study area
  • Set goals for managing the trees
  • Identify the steps needed to achieve those goals
  • Implement the plan
  • Evaluation and maintenance

An urban forest is a collection of trees and other plants in an urban area. Urban forests can provide many benefits, such as reducing energy use, improving air quality, and reducing stormwater runoff.

A successful urban forest strategy will include four key components: assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation and maintenance.

The first step in developing an urban forest strategy is to assess the current state of the urban forest. This includes evaluating the size and composition of a tree population, as well as the health of the trees.

Once the assessment is complete, the next step is to develop a plan for managing the urban forest. The plan should include goals for the urban forest and identify the steps needed to achieve those goals.

The third step is to implement the plan. This includes putting in place the necessary policies and procedures, as well as funding and staffing requirements.

The final step is to evaluate and maintain the urban forest. This includes monitoring the progress of the strategy, adjusting it as needed, and ensuring that it remains effective over time. Developing a tree management plan or an urban forest strategy can be a complex process, but it is well worth the effort. These plans can help you protect and enhance the trees within your government area or property and can provide many benefits for the community.

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