What is an urban forest? The sum of all woody and associated vegetation in and around dense human settlements, ranging from small communities in rural settings to metropolitan regions. From Urban Forestry, Planning and Managing Urban Greenspaces by Robert W. Miller: 1988. New Jersey: Prentice Hall.
The Following are guidelines for developing an Urban Forest Management Plan and links to various cities plans as far as they have been developed to date.
the Urban Forest Management Plan Toolkit cities plans (http://ufmptoolkit.com/resources-example-UFMP.htm )
for “Best Practices for Public Works Managers” see: http://www2.apwa.net/documents/About/CoopAgreements/UrbanForestry/UrbanForestry-4.pdf
Kenney et al.: “Criteria and Indicators for Strategic Urban Forest Planning and Management” Arboriculture & Urban Forestry 2011. 37(3): 108–117 http://urbanforestinnovations.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Kenney-et-al.-Criteria-and-Indicators-for-Strategic-Urban-Forest-Planning-and-Management-AUF-37-3-May-2011.pdf
Published Urban Forest Management Plans by Ontario Cities
Oakville Urban Forest Strategic Management Plan 2008 – 2027
Kingston Urban Forestry Management Plan (in progress)
Guelph Strategic Urban Forest Management Plan – SUFMP (2008 – 2028) (I can’t find the full report on-line)
Ajax Urban Forestry Management Plan 2011 – 2015, prepared by Urban Forest Innovations Inc. and Beacon Environmental Ltd., dated December 2010.
Pickering: Development of Urban Forest Strategy is planned. Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) completed an Urban Forest Study for the City of Pickering in 2011. A random sampling of trees was taken at more than 200 plots in the urban area during summer 2009. Trees in each plot over 2.5 cm (1”) in diameter were noted along with its species, size and health. This information was sent to the Forest Service of the United States Department of Agriculture for an analysis of the current health of the City’s urban forest and recommendations for managing and enhancing forest cover for a sustainable community.
Bracebridge_An Urban Tree Management Plan is currently under way.
Burlington_ City of Burlington Urban Forest Management Plan – 2011 – 2030
Township of Centre Wellington (not adopted by the municipality?) Urban Forest Strategic Management Plan for the Township of Centre Wellington 2009 – 2020 Prepared by: Alanna Aspinall, Aneeka Malik, Alex Satel, Ziya He, Master of Forest Conservation candidates (U of T) for The Elora Centre for Environmental Excellence The Township of Centre Wellington and Universityof Toronto – Faculty of Forestry, December 2008 Revised April 2009
Harbord Village, Toronto (not adopted) Strategic Urban Forest Management Plan for Harbord Village. Julie Kjeldsen-Kragh Keller
Final Paper for the Master of Forest Conservation Degree Faculty of Forestry University of Toronto 17th of December 2007