Austin’s urban forest provides millions of dollars annually in social, economic, and environmental benefits to the community and enhances the quality of life for Austin residents. Our community's tree resource is an integral part of what makes Austin one of the most attractive cities in the country. As the city continues to grow and develop the urban forest remains an integral part of the Austin landscape, quietly performing as one of our most invaluable infrastructure components.
The Austin Urban Forest Plan: A Master Plan for Public Property establishes a broad scoped, long-range vision for Austin’s public urban forest. It provides a framework for the City of Austin to use as a guide for managing the public urban forest over the next 20 years. Implementation will roll out in 2014 after Council adoption and includes a road map to reach the comprehensive vision. Each City department that interacts with trees on public property will develop their own tailored Departmental Operational Plan to address specific issues such as existing tree care, new plantings, and canopy coverage goals. There will also be an annual State of the Urban Forest Report which will track the overall health of Austin’s public urban forest.
The Tree Planting Priority Map tool serves to identify and prioritize which areas of Austin should receive tree plantings in the near future. Information was gathered from 31 “planting factors,” from tree shade to crime rates, in order to determine where we should plant trees on public property. This tool can be used by City of Austin planting crews, local tree planting non-profits, and citizens to figure out the “biggest bang for your buck” when it comes to where we are planting our trees.