Urban forest policy & strategy development & review
Our approach to evidence-based planning begins with simple measures that build stakeholder awareness and engagement – and can progress to detailed measures of community needs, priorities, urban forest capacity and vulnerability. From there we can analyse costs and benefits to a range of stakeholders and potential investors.
Aligning your organisational goals with productive & sustainable urban forest
“Tree Asset Management (TrAM) Health Check”
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*”the vegetation resource is the engine that drives the urban forest – its composition, extent, distribution and health define the limits of benefits provided and costs accrued” (Clark, et al., 1997)
Building your business case for strategic urban greening
- We help you identify the most relevant valuation techniques to suit your program goals.
- Develop benefit cost analyses for business as usual and scenario planning.
Strategic asset management planning
- Specifying tree audits – aligned to asset performance and financials.
- Sample surveys, i-Tree analysis, tree asset valuation, condition profile, species diversity, age profile, risk profile, street tree species trials.
Partnerships in urban forest program delivery
- Co-ordinating community, business and government partnerships in “fit for purpose” urban forest outcomes/initiatives.
- Identifying investment partners who gain from environmental, social and economic benefits of urban forest.
Measuring tree canopy cover and setting functional targets
We have developed the concept of functional tree cover targets that align specific urban forest outcomes with local priorities, in contrast to a single city-wide or suburb tree cover target.For example, if local priorities include increasing uptake of active and public transport modes, then achieving at least 50% tree shade cover along the 10 minute walk catchments to local shops, schools, bus stops and train stations is a functional tree cover target.
Landscape tree protection and offset policies
Biodiversity overlays and offset policies are now an accepted approach to controlling indiscriminate removal of vegetation of habitat value and ensuring adequate compensation for any accepted loss . Why not consider a similar approach for those trees that are significant to the history, character and identity of your town or city? We can help you identify, preserve and trigger offsets for significant landscape trees.