The Urban Forestry Board is prescribed by City code to 'develop and revise' a Comprehensive Urban Forest Management Plan 'with assistance from the urban forester'. The intent of this plan is to lend guidance to the management of trees on public property, a resource enormous in size and importance.
The Urban Forestry Board has formed a three member sub-committee to work with the urban forester and his staff. The first task was to develop a 'Vision Statement'' defined as an ideal picture of the urban forest in the future, designed to inspire. They have reached a consensus on the following vision statement:
Austin’s urban forest is a thriving and sustainable mix of tree species that comprises a contiguous and healthy ecosystem valued, protected, and cared for by the City and all of its citizens as an essential environmental, economic, and community asset.
We want to know what Austin thinks of this vision statement.
Speak up, Austin!