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The City of Austin is looking to expand is Urban Forestry Initiative. We want to be able to provide adequate greenery to the city while expanding the cities urban construction programs. There is a vision for this program already in place, and input is needed on these ideas to get the initiative on the right track!

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The City of Austin is looking to expand is Urban Forestry Initiative. We want to be able to provide adequate greenery to the city while expanding the cities urban construction programs. There is a vision for this program already in place, and input is needed on these ideas to get the initiative on the right track!

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Vision Statement: A native, diverse urban forest canopy is equitably distributed and maximized according to site and ecosystem capacity to provide benefits and food to humans and wildlife. What needs to happen to get canopy's in place to provide benefits to human and wildlife alike?

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Vision Statement: The movement of people through Austin follows shady, cool tunnels of towering trees connecting community to commerce and services via multi-modal transportation. Where and how can we place these trees to provide a cleaner, and more environmentaly freindly environment to all. All the while still supporting our cities thriving buisnesness?

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Vision Statement: Tree related decisions and rules on the local, regional and state level are consistent, based on scientific reasoning and frame a long-term sustainable forestry ‘voice,’ independent of responsive, short-term decision making. Policy-makers implement the Forest Initiative by taking scientific reasoning into account. What needs to happen to make sure that scientific reasoning occurs?

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Topic: Urban Design
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Vision Statement: Planning of infrastructure respects and enhances the space required for the urban forest to ensure its integration with the fabric of urban life and trees are paramount to maintaining the integrity and function of natural systems as well as community and historic character. How would you design this program to get a) To make sure habitat wildlife is abundant b) Maintain access to parkland, preserves, and tree canopy to make sure it is evenly distributed across the city

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Topic: Site Design
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Vision Statement: Trees will be creatively incorporated into sustainable site designs, credited as green infrastructure elements and valued equally as a utility; the integration of site-appropriate, low-maintenance trees will complement the sites’ functions with regard to water conservation and filteration, energy efficiency and air quality. How would you design these sites to make sure the citiy gets water conservation/filteration, and the most energy efficient benifits from this program?

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Vision Statement: Public trees are proactively managed as a utility for safety, health and longevity to increase the benefits they provide to the community and decrease their potential liability. What could the city do to keep the city safe for years to come while keeping the city beautiful for future generations?

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