The urban forest covers 22% of the city currently, and is at least 50% maple. The city is contemplating a 45% urban tree canopy goal by 2045 – 45 by 45; and they need to be well on their way to a diverse, climate adaptive species mix.
The ultimate goal is to increase urban tree canopy by 45% by 2045.
1. Create and distribute informational tags prior to Arbor Day 2018 (6 months)
2. Increase diversity and balance species diversity toward 10%. Plant tree species from warmer climate zones. (25 years)
3. Partner with local organizations to develop tree planting projects on private lands. (2 years)
4. Establish and implement a tree preservation ordinance to better retain trees of maturity and manage large tree canopy tracts.
Climate Change Impacts
Challenges and Opportunities
Project participants used the Adaptation Workbook to develop several adaptation actions for this project, including:
9.1. Favor or restore native species that are expected to be adapted to future conditions