In addition to regular pruning, tree care, and emergency response, the Urban Forestry work group is involved in many other projects aimed at improving the urban forest. Through partnerships, planning, and outreach, the group is furthering the sustainability of the urban forest. These projects help mitigate risks and maximize the benefits of the urban forest, with the goal of equitable distribution of ecosystem services.
2021 FOR 2021
The IAAF World Track and Field Championships are coming to Eugene in 2021. The City of Eugene is looking to offset carbon emissions produced from the event itself, associated tourist activity and city preparations. By planting 2,021 giant sequoia trees, the City will bolster green infrastructure and turn hosting this event into a sustainable opportunity.
The City of Eugene has been compiling a comprehensive street tree inventory. Through a combination of grants, volunteers, and dedicated staff they have inventoried thousands of trees, collecting data on size, location, species, and condition. This is an ongoing project that requires continued community support and allows the urban forestry work group to make more informed management decisions. This information is useful for everything from tree species selection to predicting the completion of storm cleanup and emergency response.
Society of Municipal Arborist Accreditation
The City of Eugene hosted an intern from the Society of Municipal Arborists (SMA) in the summers of 2016 and 2017. This is a mutually beneficial partnership that provides the city with additional staff and helps to educate future municipal arborists.
One of the main projects has been to seek municipal accreditation from SMA. This accreditation builds upon the Tree City USA designation and would recognize the high level of work of the City’s urban forestry program. Only a handful of cities have received this accreditation, which attests to the high standards of the program. Furthermore, this has helped the urban forestry work group maintain a strong commitment to sustainable municipal arboriculture and continue to set new goals.
Urban Forest Management Plan (Revision)
When the Urban Forest Management Plan was first created in 1992 it was one of the most comprehensive and advanced documents of its time. This document is now being revised to reflect new research and changes in policy. This plan will seek to provide a more comprehensive management plan that looks at the urban forest as a whole, instead of a more compartmentalized management strategy.
As the City of Eugene continues to lose canopy cover it is imperative that we take steps to protect trees in public, private, and natural areas. In order to preserve ecosystem services and provide equitable benefits to all citizens of Eugene we need to increase the canopy cover. An increase in canopy cover will help to increase ecosystem services and make Eugene a more livable city.