Urban Forest Planning

Urban trees provide a multitude of benefits to citizens, businesses, and visitors alike. Beyond the aesthetic values, trees also have practical benefits and monetary values in which many communities are unaware. Unlike other public infrastructure components, properly planted and maintained trees increase in value over time. To enjoy and maximize these benefits, communities must strategically employ proper arboricultural techniques and management practices. The resources in this section share how to analyze a forest through tree inventories and assessments, how to seek input from key stakeholders and the public, how to manage risk and prepare for threats, and how to develop a management plan outlining the actions to move your urban and community forestry program forward. 

VT UCF assists Vermont communities in assessing the urban forest and developing management and preparedness plans. The VT UCF program also offers grants to help communities understand their forest, develop a future forest plan, and take action.

The Urban Forest Management Plan Toolkit offers a step-by-step guide to develop urban forestry management plans.

Our brief Management Plan Guide can help urban forest managers, tree committees, and Tree Wardens start to think about what a management plan -- or action plan -- for their urban or community forest might look like.  

Vermont towns with urban forest management plans:

Peacham Village Tree Management Plan
Williston Community Forestry Plan
As part of the Care of the Urban Forest Project, VT UCF has worked with 15 towns in developing urban forest management/action plans.  Most of these plans are still in draft form; if you would like to see a copy or have any questions, contact, Elise.