The Urban Forest Master Plan (UFMP) has been drafted and is currently being edited by the Urban Forester, the Planning Arborist, and an inter-departmental team of staff in conjunction with Canopy and community partners. The City completed a public street tree inventory in 2010 followed by an ecosystem analysis of costs and benefits in 2011 to inform the plan. The purpose of the plan is to establish long-term management goals and strategies to foster a sustainable urban forest in Palo Alto. Preparation of the Urban Forest Master Plan began in December 2010 when the City contracted with Hort Science, Inc. to work with staff and Canopy Organization on the plan.
Palo Alto's urban forest consists of all trees in the City on public and private property. This forest includes street trees, park trees, forested parklands and trees in many private ownership settings. Trees affect our lives and the local economy in many ways. They provide community, environmental, and economic benefits that range from reducing the effects of urban density to increasing property values and providing ecological services such as storm water mitigation, air pollutant removal, and greenhouse gas sequestration.
The sustainability of our urban forest and of the benefits it provides depends on how it is managed. The Urban Forest Master Plan will address topics such as the state of Palo Alto's tree canopy, best management practices, interdepartmental coordination, and tree-related City regulations.
Events and Milestones The public will have several opportunities to participate in the Plan's development and provide input on the value placed on trees in Palo Alto in addition to providing opinions on the most important issues the City should focus in the Palo Alto urban forest.