Urban and community trees in Vermont cities and towns provide a multitude of benefits to residents, businesses, and visitors alike. Beyond the aesthetic values, trees provide often overlooked environmental benefits and economic boosts to downtowns, village centers, and urban neighborhoods. Unlike other public infrastructure, properly planted and maintained trees increase in value over time. To enjoy and maximize these benefits, communities must strategically employ thoughtful urban planning, proper arboricultural techniques, and updated management practices. The resources below support the development of a management plan to best care for and manage your community tree resource.
Our brief Management Plan Guide explains how urban forest managers, tree committees, and tree wardens can create and refine an action plan or management plan for an urban or community forest.
Examples of Vermont Urban Forest Management Plans
City of Burlington Urban Forest Master Plan
Chester Village Canopy Management Plan
Village of Essex Junction Urban Forest Management Plan
Town of Essex Street Tree Management Plan
Peacham Village Tree Management Plan
Williston Community Forestry Plan
Shelburne Public Tree and Street Tree Management Plan
Urban Forestry Management Plan Resources
Urban Forestry Toolkit
The Vibrant Cities Lab's Urban Forestry Toolkit is an online step-by-step guide to implementing urban forestry.
Urban Forest Management Plan Toolkit
Provides a “how-to” approach to develop an Urban Forest Management Plan. The toolkit will lead you through a planning process.
Community Tree Plans
Community Tree Plans: A Guide for Tree Commissions and Environmental Advisory Councils was developed by Penn State Extension and puts planning for the urban forest into practice.