Parks, Trees, and Forests

  • Run programs and/or integrate projects into existing practices that support the protection and/or expansion of continuous blocks of forests.

  • Conduct a tree canopy assessment and map tree locations.
  • Complete a strategy or formal plan to continue or fortify measurement, maintenance, and planting initiatives.
  • Implement pathogen monitoring and management initiatives.
  • Select and recommend tree plantings based on native species listed as appropriate for anticipated climatic changes.
  • Identify and implement reforestation opportunities.
  • Adopt tree and or forest protection policies.
  • Work with developers to lessen tree removal during new construction.

  • An ideal ordinance would cover trees on public and private property, and offer incentives for private property development that exceeds an established minimum tree canopy.

  • Expand the planning horizons of land use planning to incorporate longer climate predictions.
  • Purchase development rights or property rights.
  • Adopt protections of important zones and critical habitats as the locations of these areas change with climate.
  • Connect landscapes with natural corridors to enable migrations.
  • Adopt a habitat connectivity plan.
  • Implement zoning ordinances to support habitat connectivity goals.
  • Integrate habitat protection strategies into zoning codes, comprehensive plans, and ordinances.
  • Require new developments to complete a habitat impact analysis and mitigate the loss of habitat that they damage or destroy.
  • Limit Planned Unit Developments (PUDs) near sensitive natural areas.
  • Restrict septic systems near areas with high biodiversity or critical habitat.
  • Use setbacks to protect sensitive habitats.
  • Allow for landowners to sell their development rights to the local government to permanently protect the land through a purchase of development rights.

Source Documents

These strategies are adapted from existing federal and other resources. Please view these strategies in the context provided by the primary source document: