Tampa Adopts Urban Forest Management Plan

Florida Urban Forest CouncilWork on Tampa’s Urban Forest Management Plan began in 2008 when the Steering Committee on Urban Forest Sustainability developed a vision statement and six goals.

Vision: Maintain and expand Tampa’s urban forest in recognition of the many benefits it provides, including: enhancing quality of life for present and future citizens, attaining numerous economic and ecological benefits Nature provides, and seizing opportunities to better understand our natural environment through scientific research and public education.

In 2010 the city council funded the development of “a science-based comprehensive Urban Forest Management Plan”.  The plan was developed based on A Model of Urban Forest Sustainability (Clark, J.R., Matheny, N.P., Cross, G., and Wake, V. 1997 Journal of Arboriculture.) and includes criteria and indicators adopted on work of W.A. Kenney, P.J.E. van Wassenaer, and A.L. Satel in Criteria and indicators for strategic urban forest planning and management. (2011)  The criteria and performance indicators have been organized into four major topic areas: Vegetation Resource; Community Framework; Institutional Framework; and Resource Management.

Review or download this plan at Urban Forestry South.  Photo credit: Florida Urban Forest Council.


Bonnie Appleton Memorial Fund

ba2Join MAC-ISA and Trees Virginia in a lasting tribute to Bonnie Appleton’s contributions to horticulture and arboriculture education and research. The Bonnie Appleton Memorial Fund was recently established at the TREE Fund to honor Dr. Appleton.  The fund will be used to sponsor scholarships to help support undergraduate students continuing in her footsteps to benefit the green industry.  Barbara White (VDOF) remembers Bonnie Appleton as “an inspiring person to her students and to the industries that she worked with.  Her research bridged many fields from horticulture and arboriculture to nursery and landscape management, landscape design and utility arboriculture… we miss her passion and advocacy for horticulture and arboriculture education and research.”

Click here to donate directly, on-line at TREE Fund.

U&CF Management and Research

A recurring theme (of interest from a technology transfer point of view) at the 2013 Partners in Community Forestry Conference this week in Pittsburgh was the need for data to support research.  Beth Larry, USDA FS Urban Research, spoke of this need at the closing session when she outlined the connection between partners, research and the process:

  • research direction (from the field)
  • research design
  • the need for data (from a range of sources)
  • science delivery to “bridge science & practice” (back to the field)

At concurrent sessions that morning, Lara Roman, USDA FS Research Ecologist, introduced the national network for tree growth & mortality (www.urbantreegrowth.org).  Following Lara was Theresa Crimmins, Nat’l Outreach Director for the National Phenology Network with a presentation on Nature’s Notebook.  This national database records life stages (e.g. tree leafout, blossoms, seed development, fall color) of plants (and animals) and the information has research and practical applications of relevance to local volunteer tree groups, and their community U&CF programs.  She highlighted recent work with Casey Trees in Washington, DC.

Earlier in the week Theresa made a similar presentation to the Society of Municipal Arborists and encouraged municipal and other professional arborists & urban foresters to get involved and involve their communities.

Visit these organizations and join thousands of professionals and volunteers throughout the nation that are contributing to long-term datasets to support current & future research.