The City's Urban Forestry Master Plan was approved by the City Council on October 26.
What is an Urban Forest Masterplan?
Tempe has been designated a Tree City USA since 1996. In 2012-13 the Global Sustainability Solutions Services (GS3) at ASU’s Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability was contracted to research and evaluate the extent of Tempe’s tree canopy in relation to a number of factors including total public canopy coverage, coverage per character area, coverage relative to irrigation service, etc. A literature review on the quantitative and qualitative benefits of trees was also conducted.
With this information, staff will craft an Urban Forest Master Plan that will:
1) establish goals for trees and shade management over the next five to 10 years including developing strategies, and identifying barriers and solutions to meet those goals;
2) research the impact of goals relative to achieving a 20 minute city as identified in the Tempe General Plan 2040, and related to increasing the urban forest asset value; and
3) determine budget estimates to implement strategies, accounting for shade, water use, VOC emissions, etc.