Developing an Urban Forest Management Plan for Hurricane-Prone Communities1
An effective urban forest management and planning process should be developed and implemented before damage from a windstorm or hurricane occurs. It can also be used as a blue print for post-hurricane response to damage after a storm. This fact sheet brings together the information and tools from previous fact sheets in this hurricane recovery series. It also changes the focus to the community rather than the homeowner or arborist and from individual trees to the urban forest. A management plan needs to be developed for the entire communitys urban forest, which includes all the trees on public and private properties. Communities (e.g. neighborhoods, homeowner associations, towns, or cities) can manage their tree resources to meet common goals and objectives using this process which is outlined by discussing seven general approaches to developing an urban forest management plan for hurricane-prone communities.
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