From Scottsville to Long Beach: Urban Forest Master Plans, Management Plans, and Reports

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State Urban Forestry Program Coordinator Mary Kramarchyk was impressed by the Scottsville Plan of 2014. She says, “The Scottsville plan was funded by the urban forestry grant from the Environmental Protection Fund. What I like about it is the clear outline of goals and objectives by year. Not only does the writer touch on the needs of the community forest but he or she outlines how to get there by identifying practical steps to manage and finance the activities needed for a well-managed urban forest.”

The Council is creating a compendium of urban forest master plans, management plans, and reports. Look to these when crafting your community’s first or updated Plan … and when you do have yours in place, kindly send it our way! We’ll add it to this growing collection of fine templates from around our state.

Note: NYS EPF (aka Cost-Share) Urban Forestry grant funds are available for management plans or master plans, provided these plans include a specific work schedule made up of goals, tasks, and a timeline.

Binghamton
Canandaigua 
Fulton
Ithaca
Long Beach
Middletown
NYC by Neighborhood
Nyack
Rochester
Saratoga Springs
Schenectady
Scottsville
Syracuse

You can see a more in-depth blog post about Ithaca’s Master Plan here, a post about Rochester’s Plan here, and a post about the recently released Syracuse State of the Urban Forest Report here.

How do urban forest master plans (aka strategic plans) differ from urban forest management plans? From “A Technical Guide to Developing Urban Forestry Strategic Plans & Urban Forestry Management Plans” by Wisconsin DNR Division of Forestry, 2011:

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